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FBI Offering Reward for Info on Hy-Vee Bank Robber

Updated: Dec 16, 2012 06:17 PM CST

The FBI is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information on a bank robbery suspect who has hit several area Quad City stores. The suspect, who is accused of robbing banks in three different Hy-Vee stores in our area, is also accused of robbing at least a dozen other banks across the country. He has been dubbed "the ray-bandit," which references the ray ban-style glasses he has worn during some of the robberies. Local police agencies are working with the FBI and say while they haven't gotten any new leads lately, they are hoping this new detailed description will help jog people's memories.

"While he was here people may have seen him or talked to him, but didn't realize he is the bank robber," Bettendorf Police Chief Phil Redington said.

Redington says every little detail counts when it comes to catching the thief. The suspect started his crime spree in Wisconsin in June and robbed the Wells Fargo inside the Moline Hy-Vee on 23rd Avenue in August. He then went back to Wisconsin before striking the Quad Cities once again. He stole money from Valley Bank inside the Bettendorf Hy-vee and American Bank and Trust inside the Milan Hy-vee. In total the suspect has robbed 14 banks across the country and Redington says he could easily strike our area again.

"He's been here more than once to commit a bank robbery, so there is no reason to believe he won't come back. We just hope one that he is caught, but we really hope most of all that he doesn't hurt anyone while he is doing these spree of bank robberies."

Redington says that's why he wants the public to know what to look out for. In this surveillance photos the suspect seems to always wear some type of hat and usually has more than one shirt on. He has also worn disguises to include fake beards and false teeth and is known to dye his hair different colors. He may also have a gap in his front teeth. The FBI says he could be driving a tan or gray Hyundai Elantra GLS model (2001-2003).

 "If anything is suspicious....cars, anyone that matches that description, give us a phone call. License plate numbers are good."

Redington says one reason the suspect has been hard to catch is not only because he is on the move, but also because he has been wearing band aids or rubber thimbles to disguise his fingerprints. He says if you see him, don't try to catch him. Instead just observe as many details as you can and that will help investigators a lot. Here is a link to the FBI wanted page: http://www.fbi.gov/wanted/unknown/unknown-serial-bank-robber-16/view