FBI looking for "Ray-Bandit" (with photos)

By WEEK Reporter

FBI looking for "Ray-Bandit" (with photos)

December 12, 2012 Updated Dec 5, 2013 at 9:48 AM CDT

CENTRAL ILLINOIS -- The FBI announced Wednesday that they are searching for a serial bank robber who has struck banks here in Illinois.

The subject has been dubbed as “The Ray-Bandit,” because of the the Ray Ban-style glasses he has worn during some of the robberies.

The suspect has robbed banks in Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin, Virginia, California, Nebraska, and Indiana between the dates of July 30 and November 5 of this year. In Illinois, he has robbed banks in Moline, Edwardsville, Collinsville and Milan.

The suspect is described as being between 5'8'' to 6'0'' tall and weighing between 200 and 215 pounds.

The subject has worn disguises, including fake beards and false teeth. He is known to dye his hair different colors. He may also have a gap in his front teeth. He always wears something on his fingertips, described by tellers as both band-aids and as rubber thimbles.

He always wears a long sleeve shirt, possibly to cover tattoos on his arms. In some of the bank robberies, he uses a small slip of paper type-written as a demand note.

The subject has also worn a baseball-style cap, displaying a Ford Shelby Cobra logo.

The subject may be driving a tan or gray Hyundai Elantra GLS model (2001-2003). The vehicle is an older model with a rear spoiler and a broken passenger-side brake light. He has used this vehicle in all of the bank robberies, with the exception of the robberies in Virginia. In Virginia, he used a red compact car, possibly a Toyota Prius V.

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