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FBI seeks Putnam serial bank robber dubbed 'I-55 Bandit'

By From staff and wire reports

ST. LOUIS - A man who robbed a bank in Putnam County also is being sought by the FBI as a serial bank robber suspected of crimes in five states.

The FBI has dubbed the man the "I-55 Bandit." He is suspected of 10 robberies and attempts at two other banks since May, with some of the crimes occurring near Interstate 55. Agents are seeking help identifying and locating him.

In each case the man used a note and implied he was armed, but no one was hurt. The FBI did not disclose the amount of money taken.

The crimes occurred at various bank branches. Three were in Jackson, Tenn. Three others were in the St. Louis-area towns of Arnold, Mo., Crystal City, Mo., and Belleville, Ill. Two were in Bel Air, Md.

Other towns included Cape Girardeau, Mo., Hurricane, W.Va., and the Maryland towns of Essex and Ocean City.

The man walked into the Huntington Bank on Great Teays Boulevard about 2:54 p.m. July 30 and handed a note to the teller demanding money. The teller handed over the cash and the man fled on foot.

Authorities believe he is in his 20s, tall and thin with short brown or strawberry blond hair.

The FBI plans to use digital billboards in the areas of the crimes to show surveillance photos of the suspect.


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