"Smokey the Bandit" turned himself in

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By Andrew Michalscheck By Andrew Michalscheck
By Andrew Michalscheck By Andrew Michalscheck
By Andrew Michalscheck By Andrew Michalscheck

PHOENIX -- The man accused of robbing banks in the Valley and Tucson turned himself in to authorities on Saturday, according to FBI officials. His name has not been released.

Authorities across Arizona were looking for the suspect.

According to the FBI, the man was wearing a baseball hat and sunglasses when he robbed a Scottsdale bank in June, and five more Arizona banks in August.

Authorities said the man has been using a note to threaten tellers. He has recently been seen fleeing in a silver, two-door Ford pickup truck with a rectangular emblem or advertisement on the driver’s side door.

The suspect is described as a white male between the ages of 45 and 55 years old. He has a medium build and stands between 5 feet 8 inches tall and 5 feet 11 inches tall. He also has gray and brown hair and a goatee.

The man is also said to smell like cigarettes, prompting the FBI to call him Smokey the Bandit.

Anyone with any information is asked to call the FBI at 623-466-1999 or visit www.BanditTrackerArizona.com.

These are the banks Smokey the Bandit is suspected of robbing:

June 12:
Chase Bank
8200 N. Via Paseo Del Norte

August 21:
Pima Federal Credit Union
3730 North Stone

August 22:
Bank of the West
3775 W. Orange Grove Road

August 24:
Commerce Bank
2285 N. Ina Road

August 28:
BBVA Compass Bank
702 East Union Hills Road

August 31:
Commerce Bank
222 W. Espinera
Green Valley