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FBI seeks serial bank robbery subject dubbed "The Chameleon Beard Bandit"

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Photo of subject from January 8, 2018 (left) and December 12, 2017 (right) (Source: FBI) Photo of subject from January 8, 2018 (left) and December 12, 2017 (right) (Source: FBI)
Photo of vehicle from October 13, 2017. (Source: FBI) Photo of vehicle from October 13, 2017. (Source: FBI)
RICHMOND, VA (FOX Carolina) -

Officials with the FBI's Richmond, VA Field Office need the public's help to identify an individual believed to be responsible for a series of bank robberies spanning multiple states.

According to Special Agent in Charge Adam S. Lee, the robberies occurred between September 2017 and January 2018. Investigators have nicknamed the subject "The Chameleon Beard Bandit."

Investigators said they believe the following financial institutions were all robbed by the same individual:

  • Bank of America at 2 Park Drive in Durham, North Carolina on September 29, 2017

  • 1st Trust Bank at 271 London Shopping Center in London, Kentucky on October 13, 2017

  • Virginia Commonwealth Bank at 900 North Parham Road in Henrico, Virginia on November 14, 2017

  • Bank of America at 107 Muirs Chapel Road in Greensboro, North Carolina on November 17, 2017

  • Wells Fargo Bank at 1344 North Hershberger Road in Roanoke, Virginia on December 12, 2017

  • Chase Bank at 2606 Judson Road in Longview, Texas on January 5, 2018

According to FBI officials, the subject produced demand notes during each of the robberies, and either produced a handgun or threatened that he had one.

The subject is described as a man between 5'11" and 6'2" tall, approximately 180-240 lbs, mid to late 30's with a medium build, brown eyes and hair and a light complexion. Officials said he wears glasses and frequently changes the color of his beard.

The Richmond division of the FBI is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the individual(s) responsible for the robberies. Anyone with information is asked to contact investigators of the Richmond FBI's Central Virginia Violent Crimes Task Force at (804) 261-1044.

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