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Thursday, December 07, 2017

FBI asks help of public in search for bank robber
The Federal Bureau of Investigation is asking the public for assistance in identifying a man believed responsible for robbing seven banks in Tennessee since 2009. Included in the robberies are the November 24, 2014 hold-up of the Tri-Summit Bank in Jefferson City and the BB&T Bank in Jefferson City on November 24 of this year. The FBI Knoxville’s Safe Streets Task Force believes the man responsible for the most recent bank robberies in Jefferson City and Strawberry Plains may be responsible for seven additional bank heists and at least one pharmacy robbery dating back to 2009. The first known robbery was in 2009 at a bank in White House, Tennessee until two in Jefferson and Knox Counties earlier this month. From 2009 through 2012, the known robberies were confined to White House, Franklin, and Gallatin in Middle Tennessee. Known robberies in East Tennessee continued in 2014, in Farragut, Jefferson City, Pigeon Forge, and Knoxville. In all seven bank robberies, the “Too Tall Bandit” walked behind or jumped over the teller counter, threatened bank employees with a handgun (held in his right hand), and instructed bank employees to help him place money from the vault and teller drawers into a bag or backpack he brings with him. The suspect then instructs bank employees to identify monetary security measures. Before leaving, he then orders them to lie on the floor. When possible, the FBI says the robber exited the rear of the bank and was not observed in a getaway vehicle. In the robbery of Farragut Pharmacy on December 18, 2014, the suspect walked behind the pharmacy counter and instructed employees to place prescription opioids into a bag the robber brought with him, similar to the bank robberies. While victim and witness descriptions vary slightly, they generally agree the “Too Tall Bandit” is a white male, approximately 40 years old, standing 6'3” to 6'6” tall, 210 to 250 pounds, possibly with brown eyes. He speaks with a deep voice, and walks with a limp or unusual gait affecting his right leg. The robber wears dark-colored clothing, dark-colored gloves and work boots or shoes, and wears a Halloween style mask or other face covering to obscure his identity. The suspect speaks with a non-southern accent. He should be considered armed and dangerous. Anyone with information regarding these crimes should call the FBI Knoxville Field Office at (865) 544-0751 or submit a tip online at: https://tips.fbi.gov


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