The FBI has captured the serial bank robber dubbed the “Barrel Chested Bandit,” who has confessed to eleven bank robberies or attempted bank robberies across Texas, Arizona and New Mexico between August 24, 2016 and February 4, 2017. The FBI was offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of this individual.
It’s reported he admitted to 11 robberies total including these 8:
- August 24 – Arizona Central Credit Union – 787 South Alvernon Way, Tucson, Arizona
- August 31 – LeTourneau Federal Credit Union – 2301 South High Street, Longview, Texas
- September 12 – Bank of the West – 500 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue, NE, Albuquerque, New Mexico
- October 18 – First Bank Southwest – 2400 South Georgia Street, Amarillo, Texas
- November 2 – Alliance Bank – 1226 South Broadway, Sulphur Springs, Texas
- November 30 – U.S. Bank – 2300 Louisiana Boulevard, NE, Albuquerque, New Mexico
- December 12 – Amarillo National Bank – 2530 South Georgia Street, Amarillo, Texas
- February 4 – First National Bank – 2021 Cerrillos Road, Santa Fe, New Mexico
The “Barrel Chested Bandit” was described as a white male in his mid-40s to early 50s, 5’6” – 5’10” tall, approximately 250 pounds, with a large build, light complexion and gray hair. He wore a baseball cap in all of the robberies and sunglasses in six of the eight.
In each robbery, the subject produced a small frame handgun, ordered the teller to give him money, and exited on foot. The subject made off with an undisclosed amount of money.