2 more armed robberies linked to 'Back to Back Jack Bandit'


by Jennifer Thomas


Posted on July 10, 2012 at 12:00 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 17 at 9:02 AM

PHOENIX -- Silent Witness is offering a reward to help identify a suspect wanted in a string of armed robberies at Phoenix fast-food restaurants and nail salons since April 17.

Police said the "Back to Back Jack Bandit" will enter the business and purchase something, causing the store clerk to open the register. Once the register is open, the suspect displays a Glock-style semi-automatic handgun. In some of the robberies the suspect has just lifted his shirt to display the gun and in others he has pointed the weapon at the clerk.

The suspect flees the store after he receives the money.

Four suspect vehicles have been seen: a green Ford Explorer, a gray two-door vehicle possibly a Honda, a red older American-made car, and a 2012 Ford Focus four-door sedan.

The suspect is described as a white male, 30 to 40 years old, 5 feet 8 inches to 6 feet 1 inch tall, and 180 to 210 pounds.

Police said the suspect has worn different clothing in each of the robberies but almost always has on a baseball-style hat and sunglasses, which have been described as black to yellow with yellow tint.

The robberies occurred:

April 17 at Jack in the Box, 2440 W. Thomas Road
May 3 at Burger King, 2640 W. Bethany Home Road
May 30 at Jack in the Box, 2701 W. Camelback Road
May 30 at Jack in the Box, 1001 N. 24th St.
May 31 at Ken's Nails and Spa, 4730 E. Indian School Road
June 11 at Del Taco, 305 E. Thomas Road
June 12 at Jack in the Box, 7510 W. Indian School Road
June 14 at Jack in the Box, 2440 W. Thomas Road
June 15 at Taco Bell, 1515 E. Bethany Home Road
June 21 at Eriberto's 3437 N. Seventh Ave.
June 24 at Panda Express, 998 E. Indian School Road
June 26 at Tiffany's Nail Salon, 5830 N. 16th St.
June 28 at Taco Bell, 1745 W. Bethany Home Road
July 6 at Wendy's, 2024 E. Camelback Road
July 8 at Subway, 5026 W. Cactus Road

Police released surveillance videos from the June 24 and June 28 robberies (see videos above) as well as surveillance photos from several others.

Contact Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS or silentwitness.org with any information about the suspect. A reward of up to $1,000 is being offered in this case.