Officials seek information on suspect linked to multiple robberies

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The “Mesh Masked Bandit” still remains armed and dangerous after recently robbing a bank in Carrollton, officials said.

The Friday robbery at the Capital One Bank, 2630 Old Denton Road, is one of a dozen robberies officials believe have been committed since last December by the same person. Of those 12, two more were reported in Carrollton last month.

The man, known for wearing a tight, black mesh mask, is reportedly covered from head to toe when he enters a bank with a gun, officials said.

Carrollton police Officer Jon Stovall said the suspect appears to be the same in all three of their cases.

Bank of the West, located in the 2000 block of East Belt Line Road, was robbed Feb. 20 and Viewpoint Bank in the 1800 block of Keller Springs Road was robbed on Feb.21, police said.

Other robberies have taken place in Addison, Garland and Dallas, Stovall said, and the FBI is taking charge of the cases.

The most recent robbery took place Monday in Dallas at the Chase bank on Harry Hines Boulevard, said Katherine Chaumont, Dallas FBI spokeswoman.

“So far we are very lucky no one has been injured in the 12 robberies,” Chaumont said.

In each instance, the armed man runs inside the bank, approaches the counter with a weapon drawn and demands cash before running away with an undisclosed amount of money, according to the FBI.

In several robberies, bank surveillance photos show the man wearing a large watch on his left wrist and a distinctive hat, according to a news release from the FBI Bank Robbery Task Force.

Anyone with information is urged to call the FBI Dallas Field Office at 972-559-5000 or the North Texas Crime Stoppers tip line at 1-877-373-TIPS (8477). A reward may result from information leading to an arrest and/or conviction, officials said.

MEGAN GRAY can be reached at 940-566-6885. Her e-mail address is mgray@dentonrc.com .

 


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