MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - The FBI is announcing a campaign to find the man who police say is responsible for more than 25 bank robberies in 13 states. At least four Alabama banks have fallen victim to the "Grandad Bandit".
Monday, the Federal Bureau of Investigation launched a 40+ state digital billboard campaign to strengthen law enforcement's efforts to identify and locate the man. The digital billboards will feature a photo, an FBI tip-line number, and announce an increase in the reward.
A spokesperson from the Mobile, Alabama FBI office confirms this is the first of its kind nationwide digital billboard campaign to try and locate a criminal. Overall, 1500 digital billboards across the country will run the picture.
It's believed the man started his bank robbing career in December of 2008 with a Richmond, Virginia robbery. The unidentified white male has since targeted banks in at least 12 other states.
The "Grandad Bandit" is described as follows:
Age: between 45-60 years of age
Hair: Balding with short grayish hair on the sides
Misc.: Wears wire-rimmed glasses, polo-type shirts and ball caps; clean shaven
The man enters the banks calmly, often times patiently waiting for his turn in line, and then as he approaches the victim tellers he presents his demand note. Once his demands are met he retrieves the note and exits the banks quietly so as not to bring attention to the crime he had just committed.
Bank robberies currently being attributed to this individual.