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FBI says Bucket List Bandit may have struck in Bloomington

Thu, 23 Aug 2012 11:24:15 CDT
By: Charlie Schlenker

FBI says Bucket List Bandit may have struck in Bloomington The FBI believes last week's bank robbery in Bloomington is the work of a serial bank robber who has now struck in seven states. The agency has stepped into the case involving the robbery of a PNC bank branch on West Market Street. Bloomington Police Spokesman Dave White says surveillance photos of the late middle aged robber in a light blue polo shirt appear all but identical to other pictures of a suspected serial bank robber known by some media outlets as the bucket list bandit.

"And they've come up with that based on the fact that at one of the robberies he did display a note that said he had four months to live. So going by that, they are thinking this guy is just traveling along, robbing everything he wants to and kind of living the high life until such time as he may expire."

The FBI links the man to bank robberies in seven states, starting out in the west, moving to the south, and now in the Midwest. Police now believe the robber is driving a Black Chevy Captiva compact SUV with a silver rack on the roof. White says serial bank robbers are not all that rare, but it is unusual to have them hop from state to state. More common is a robber who concentrates effort in a single urban area.

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