‘Traveling Bandit’ goes west, robs bank in Utah, photos released of getaway vehicle

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PRICE, Utah (WJHL) – Authorities believe the “Traveling Bandit” has robbed yet another bank and now police have released photos of the serial bank robber’s getaway vehicle.

Investigators think the man who robbed a bank in Price, Utah on Thursday afternoon is the same person connected to at least six other bank heists, including one in Johnson City. 

According to the FBI, the man robbed a Wells Fargo bank just before 4 p.m. Thursday. Police say he was wearing a black hat with a Chevy emblem, a woodland camouflage jacket, and blue jeans. 

The man wore similar attire when he robbed banks in Illinois and Alabama. He has sported a black hat in each of the seven robberies investigators have connected him to. 

Thursday, surveillance cameras captured the robber’s getaway vehicle. It appears to be a cream-colored Ford Explorer with a blue license plate, step runners, luggage rack, and sunroof. Police believe the robber was the only person inside the vehicle. 

So far, the man has been connected to at least seven robberies in six states, including one in Johnson City: 

  • Friday, December 28 – Capital Bank in Aventura, Florida
  • Wednesday, January 2 – SunTrust Bank in Asheville, North Carolina
  • Friday, January 4 – Mountain Commerce Bank in Johnson City, Tennessee
  • Tuesday, January 8 – US Bank in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee
  • Thursday, January 10 – Trustmark Bank in Prattville, Alabama
  • Monday, January 14 – Fifth Third bank in Mount Vernon, Illinois
  • Thursday, January 17 – Wells Fargo bank in Price, Utah

The FBI has deemed him the “Traveling Bandit”.

Authorities believe the serial bank robber is the same person who robbed the Mountain Commerce Bank on Bristol Highway in Johnson City earlier this month. Johnson City police say the man passed a bank teller a note demanding money. He implied he had a weapon, according to investigators.

“So far, no one has been physically injured in the robberies”, said Special Agent Jason Pack, spokesman for the FBI Knoxville Field Office. “The robber usually approaches the counter and presents a note demanding money and threatening a weapon and then is seen leaving on foot”

Investigators have not revealed how much money the bank robber has gotten away with. According to FBI statistics for 2013, the average robbery produced about $7,726. 

This week, the FBI posted a wanted poster featuring the unknown serial robber. The poster describes him as being between 5’ 6” and 5’ 10” tall and 40 to 50 years old. 

Witnesses in the Florida robbery say he speaks with a “country accent”.

The FBI says he should be considered “armed and dangerous”, although it’s unclear if he has displayed a weapon in any of the robberies he’s connected to. 

Anyone with information is asked to call (800) CALL-FBI, their local police or FBI Field Office or submit a tip online at: https://tips.fbi.gov

Gallery: Traveling Bandit

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