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December 28, 2010 Published in 2010 In Review, Courts & Crime, Top Stories

Three Recent Bank Robberies Linked

By James Cullum and Carla Branch

The Washington Field Office of the FBI has linked a Dec. 14, Arlington Bank Robbery and a Dec. 20, Alexandria Bank Robbery, and Alexandria police are looking into the possibility that the same suspect may have committed yesterday’s PNC Bank robbery.

Using video security footage from the two banks, the FBI has prepared a flier linking the same suspect to the Arlington and Alexandria robberies. On Dec. 14, at 2:15 p.m., the suspect entered the BB&T Bank at 2947 S. Glebe Road in Arlington, and demanded money. The suspect fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash. Six days later, on Dec. 20, at 2:45 p.m., a man believed to be the same suspect entered the Bank of America at 600 North Washington Street, implied that he had a weapon and demanded money. He also fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash.

PNC Suspect (Courtesy Photo)

Yesterday, at around 2:10 p.m., a man fitting the same description entered the PNC Bank at 1700 Diagonal Road. He implied that he had a weapon and demanded money from a teller. Once again, the suspect fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash. No one was injured in any of the robberies.

“Our detectives are looking into this incident to see if it is connected to the Bank Of America robbery on December 20, ” said Jody Donaldson, the public information officer for the Alexandria Police Department.

BOA robbery suspect. (Courtesy Photo)

The FBI flier describes the suspect as a black male between the 40 and 45 years of age. He has a medium build, is six-feet to six-feet-four inches tall. In the first two incidents, the suspect wore a royal blue winter jacket, a dark colored hoodie, a scarf over his face, a knit winter cap and dark pants. In yesterday’s robbery, the suspect wore a black jacket with a North Face insignia, blue jeans and a black knit cap with a gray stripe around the rim.

“The FBI is working through our Violent Crimes Task Force with the Alexandria Police Department and the Arlington County Police Department to investigate these bank robberies.  Currently, we are working under the premise that the robberies on December 14 and 20 are not linked to the robbery on December 27.  We are asking for the public’s assistance. The public is reminded to use caution, these individuals should be considered dangerous,” said Andrew Ames, Public Affairs Specialist, FBI.

Anyone with additional information about these robberies should call the FBI Washington Field Office at 202-278-2000 or the Criminal Investigations Section of the Alexandria Police Department at 703-838-4444 or the Crime Solvers tip line at 703.838.4858.