Reward offered for bank robber

David W. Welker, Special Agent in Charge of the New Orleans Division of the FBI announced a reward of up to $20,000 is being offered for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of a serial bank robber dubbed the “Bayou Bandit”.

The FBI and local authorities are looking into the possibility that a serial bank robber is responsible for the robbery of the following eleven banks since March 2010:

-Jeff Davis Bank, Jennings - March 1, 2010

-Whitney National Bank, Sulphur - April 26, 2010

-First Bank of Crowley - July 8, 2010

-Rayne State Bank and Trust, Rayne - July 8, 2010

-International Bank of Commerce, Ardmore, Okla. - June 23, 2010

-BankFirst, Marietta, Okla. - June 24, 2010

-First United Bank, Pauls Valley, Okla. - July 17, 2010

-First Federal Bank, Fayetteville, Ark. - July 29, 2010

-Pioneer Bank, Carlsbad, N.M. - August 5, 2010

-Western Commerce Bank, Carlsbad, N.M. - August 5, 2010

-Regions Bank, Natchez, Miss. - August 16, 2010

The suspect, described as a white male, 40-50 years old, approximately 5’10- 6’ tall, with an average build, typically enters the bank and presents a note to the teller demanding money. The unknown suspect has worn a baseball hat, dark sunglasses, and a dark-colored shirt.

Lamar Advertising will be running the suspect’s photo on digital billboards in an attempt to identify the bank robber.

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