Police seek help finding serial bank robber

Las Vegas police are searching for a man who has stolen about $40,000 from several banks throughout the valley since early April.

Lt. Clint Nichols, head of Metro’s robbery unit, said Tuesday that although police have caught the unidentified suspect on video and with still photographs, he has eluded capture. Police consider him a serial bank robber.

“He’s literally leaving the bank and disappearing,” Nichols said. “We can’t find any witnesses outside the bank who saw him leave.”

He said the suspect has attempted to rob eight banks since April 7, mostly in the southwest valley. He successfully robbed five of those banks, Nichols said.

The latest robbery happened Sunday at a bank inside a grocery store near Desert Inn Road and McLeod Drive, Nichols said. The suspect got away with $2,800.

Employees and customers at the banks he has robbed have not seen him use a weapon, Nichols said.

The man walks up to the bank teller with a note and demands money.

He has hit several bank chains, Nichols said.

“In every one of those instances he’s taken the letter with him when he’s left,” Nichols said. “That appears to be his signature.”

In his unsuccessful robbery attempts, the suspect may have been spooked into dropping the attempt, Nichols said. He said that in at least one instance, the suspect thought a teller recognized him because his picture was displayed in the bank’s lobby.

Last year, Las Vegas police were after a suspect also considered to be a serial bank robber, Nichols said. That person robbed four banks before he was caught, Nichols said.

The suspect police are now seeking is described as a man between the ages of 40 and 50. He is between 5 feet 7 inches and 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighs 165 to 175 pounds.

He is bald and has a mustache.

Anyone with information about the suspect responsible for robberies is urged to call the Las Vegas police robbery section at 828-3591.

Contact reporter Antonio Planas at aplanas @reviewjournal.com or 702-383-4638.

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