Johnson City bank robber now linked to Illinois heist

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MOUNT VERNON, Ill. (WJHL) – A serial bank robber who held up a bank in Johnson City this month has been connected to another bank robbery in Illinois, marking the suspect’s fifth bank heist since New Year’s. 

Police in Mount Vernon, Illinois believe the man who robbed a Fifth Third Bank in their jurisdiction is the same person behind bank robberies in Tennessee, North Carolina, and Alabama. 

According to the Mount Vernon Police Department, the man walked into a Fifth Third Bank just before 5 p.m. Monday, handed a note to a teller demanding money, then took off with an undisclosed amount of cash. Police say he did not display a weapon. 

So far, investigators have linked the man to four other robberies:

  • Thursday, January 10 – Trustmark Bank in Prattville, Alabama
  • Tuesday, January 8 – US Bank in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee
  • Friday, January 4 – Mountain Commerce Bank in Johnson City, Tennessee
  • Wednesday, January 2 – SunTrust Bank in Asheville, North Carolina 

No injuries have been reported in any of the robberies. 

While the man has periodically changed his attire during the crime spree, he has worn a black hat in each robbery so far. 

It appears he may have recently altered his facial hair, however, as surveillance photos from the latest robbery show him with a black or dark-colored goatee, instead of the gray goatee he displayed in the previous four heists.

Following the robbery in Prattville, Alabama, police say he was last seen driving a white SUV. 

Mount Vernon investigators say they participated in a conference call Wednesday with the FBI and other local police departments regarding the robberies. They say the FBI may send out a nationwide news release alerting the public to the serial bank robber. 

The FBI field office in Knoxville is asking anyone with information to contact them by phone at (865) 544-0751 or online at https://tips.fbi.gov

Gallery: Surveillance photos of serial bank robber

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