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PHOENIX - The Bank Robbery Task Force headed by the FBI in Arizona said a suspect in a bank robbery on Tuesday has all the hallmarks of a man they have seen before.
Tuesday morning, he cut a hole in the roof of the bank building to access the bank inside, then held employees hostage when they arrived for work.
A lot of viewers had questions about this case.
Susan Rose said she was curious about why the alarms didn't go off.
Paul Anderson asked "What happened to vibration alarms?”
“He's been lucky,” said Orlando Pages with the FBI.
The FBI released new photos Wednesday showing a disguised man finding his way inside First Fidelity Bank in Phoenix before it opened.
“He takes some of the victims and binds them and makes sure they are not a problem for him while he gets the money,” said Pages.
Pages and members of the Bank Robbery Task Force have seen this before. They dubbed this suspect the "Thou Shalt Not Steal" bandit because he broke into his first bank through a Christian bookstore in 2009.
“It's a lot more meticulous than an individual that would go to a bank, announce a robbery and hope that he would get away without much planning,” said Pages. “I can't tell you it's a strange mode of entry, but it takes planning.”
Banks are obviously high security facilities. Whether they have or don't have motion detectors, or this man knows how to get around them, is unclear.
“A lot of banks have these systems, some don't,” said Pages. “I can't tell you if he's circumventing this at this time.”
What Pages can say is five times the suspect has taken hostages at gun point, and five times things have gone according to his plan. They worry it might not the next time.
“He's willing to use that stuff,” Pages said referring to the gun the robber carries. “He's not taking it in there to just strike fear. If you take a person like that and corner them, they are going to go free, they are not going to get caught.”
The FBI and Phoenix Police are hoping the public might have information about this suspect. They ask people to report any suspicious activity.
If you have any information about the suspect or what happened at First Fidelity Bank, you're asked to call the Phoenix Police Department at 602-262-6151.