FBI seeks "Blues Bandit," credit union offers up to $5K reward for information

- Caught on camera: A bank robbery suspect has been dubbed the "Blues Bandit" by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The man is accused of robbing three Desert Schools Federal Credit Unions in the valley. The robberies happened over the last two months at banks inside Walmart stores. The FBI is calling the man the Blues Bandit because of his attire. In each robbery, the suspect wears a suit, fedora-style hat and glasses.

On October 3 around 6:30 p.m., authorities say the suspect entered the store near Interstate 17 and Happy Valley Road, proceeded to the DSFCU branch inside and displayed a demand note to a teller. The suspect also reached into his jacket and grabbed a black handle believed to be a handgun. The teller gave the suspect a known amount of money and he fled the store to an unknown vehicle in the parking lot.

On December 7, at approximately 7:02 p.m., the suspect entered the store near 59th Avenue and Bell Road, proceeded to the credit union and waited in line, then displayed a demand note to a teller. He was given currency, then he fled the store and was last seen walking away from the scene, heading northbound.

Officials say on December 14 around 6:40 p.m., the suspect entered the store near 19th Avenue and Bell Road and displayed a robbery demand note and indicated he was armed with a gun. The teller gave the suspect money and he fled the store to a vehicle in the parking lot.

During the robberies on the 7 and 14, authorities say the suspect had band-aids on his fingertips and was carrying a black binder, while on October 3, he was wearing clear latex gloves.

The FBI describes the suspect as a white or Hispanic male, 5 '8" to 6' tall, medium build and 165 to 200 pounds.

DSFCU is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of this suspect. If you have any information about this case, contact the Phoenix FBI office at 623-466-1999.


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