FBI asking for public's help locating 'Dynomite Bandit'

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PHOENIX -- The FBI’s Bank Robbery Task Force is asking for the public’s help in locating a man suspected of robbing three Valley banks in the past several months.

Authorities have dubbed the suspect the “Dynomite Bandit,” and say in all three cases the man gained entry to the bank by cutting a hole in the roof.

Once inside the building, the “Dynomite Bandit” places what is believed to be an explosive device inside the bank and then exits. The next day, he calls the bank and threatens to blow up the building if he isn’t given money.

The FBI said the first incident occurred on July 3, 2012 at a Chase Bank in Peoria located at 28523 N. El Mirage Road.

The second incident took place in Maricopa County at a Wells Fargo Bank located at 39422 N. Daisy Mountain.

The final robbery attempt occurred on Wednesday at the Chase Bank at 10011 E. Dynamite in Scottsdale.

The FBI believes the “Dynomite Bandit” might have ties to the “Thou Shalt Not Steal Bandit,” who is also suspected of robbing several Valley banks over the past few years.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact the FBI at 623-466-1366 or visit www.BanditTrackerArizona.com.