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FBI Seeks Tips About ‘Serial Bank Robber’

Alleged perpetrator may have been involved in robberies in Brookline, Allston, Brighton, and Braintree.

The FBI is looking for information about this man who allegedly robbed the Century Bank in Allston. Credit: FBI
The FBI is looking for information about this man who allegedly robbed the Century Bank in Allston. Credit: FBI

The Violent Crimes Task Force inside the Federal Bureau of Investigation is looking for assistance in identifying a person it calls “a serial bank robber” who has allegedly been involved in a string of incidents in the metro Boston area during the last eight weeks.

According to a press statement, the alleged bank robber is described as a black or Hispanic man, in his mid-30s to early-40s, about 5-feet, 11-inches tall, with a medium build.

“During the robberies, he has worn a dark jacket, dark pants, both black gloves and white gloves, a scarf or ski mask covering his face, and a knit hat,” according to investigators. “He also has, what appear to be, skin tags or moles underneath his eyes.”

According to investigators, the alleged bank robber enters the bank, displays what appears to be a black handgun, verbally threatens bank tellers, and demands money. In two of the cases, the robber fled the banks in stolen vehicles that were later recovered, according to the FBI.

He is considered “armed and dangerous,” according to investigators.

The robberies began on Dec. 12, 2013, at the Century Bank on Western Avenue in Allston. The Santander location in Brookline, on Harvard Street, was hit on Jan. 3. The Santander location on Birmingham Parkway in Brighton was robbed on Jan. 7, and the TD Bank on Franklin Street in Braintree was hit a few weeks later, on Jan. 28.

The FBI has provided these screenshots from video surveillance from the banks in order to assist in apprehending the individual.

Rewards of $10,000 from the FBI and $2,000 for the Massachusetts Bankers Association for information leading to the arrest and charge of the alleged bank robber are available to anyone with information regarding the incidents.

If you have info about this case, call the FBI’s Boston Division at 617-742-5533, or call the Boston, Brookline, or Braintree police departments. 

Jane Doh February 11, 2014 at 01:25 PM
Speaking of bank robberies, what's the update on the Leader Bank robbery last month? Last I read, one suspect was in custody and the other one was in the hospital. Is he out? Were they connected to other bank robberies?
Matthew February 11, 2014 at 03:02 PM
When is Malden Patch going to actually start following stories about Malden, instead of having a supposed editor that only publishes stories that are dropped in his lap? Mostly from other cities for that mtter. Pathetic.
Carolyn February 11, 2014 at 03:06 PM
Greg, do you understand that Malden Patch is now being run by someone who is running approximately a dozen sites? Complain to Patch about the way it turned hyperlocal into regional, not about the editor who suddenly found his or herself in charge of more sites than one person can possibly handle.
D Penta February 11, 2014 at 04:03 PM
Wow, I thought there was a bank robbery in Natick and I read about it first on Patch. Wrong. The bank robberies are not even in MetroWest. It is just Patch's new idea of covering Natick by reporting on everything happening in the state. We get that from the TV stations. At least the daily only covers MetroWest. Patch you can do better than this!
Baba Booey February 11, 2014 at 04:43 PM
It's that guy from Different Strokes...Oh. Wait a minute. That was Dana Plato.
Milford Senior Man February 11, 2014 at 04:50 PM
Carolyn, you got it right. The people in charge of the Patch let many good editors go (Like our Mary McDonald of the Milford Patch) I guess to save money. It's a big mistake as people will stop tuning in.
Carolyn February 11, 2014 at 05:24 PM
Yes, Milford man, I am a former patch editor myself. I left at the end of 2013, by choice. Unfortunately a lot of great journalists and good friends were lost in the shuffle a couple weeks ago. I understand why the company did what it did, but I think it will affect readership overall, which is unfortunate for those who are left who are trying very hard to make it work with a much, much smaller staff. And it is unfortunate for the readers who have become accustomed to truly hyper local content over the last few years. I hope patch finds success, I did give it more than two years of my life, after all, so I would like to see it survive.
Prometheus February 12, 2014 at 08:03 AM
Hyperlocal and hyperliberal....clearly a losing business model.
Brian F Hickman February 12, 2014 at 08:26 AM
Just like the "Beanie Robber". He is going to keep robbing until he gets caught.
Prometheus February 12, 2014 at 08:33 AM
Why not? That is what government does.....steal from the rich and give to the poor....only it did not work out too well for the USSR.
steve forte February 12, 2014 at 10:17 AM
Well Prometheus people have been told its ok for the gvmt to take from some and give it to others. Not much of a stretch for some to think its ok to just cut out the middleman and take it themselves.
Prometheus February 12, 2014 at 10:22 AM
Exactly. What's good for the goose....
mark February 12, 2014 at 02:20 PM
The real bank robbers are those in the business of mortgages! The way banks rob people is unbelievable! They have joined together with government and lawyers, which are the same in reality, to rip off and rob people of their $$$$. I could care less if banks get robbed! I wouldn't say anything if I knew who the robbers were!
steve forte February 12, 2014 at 03:58 PM
Yes , offering someone who dosnt payback money a higher interest rate is terrible. They just should not have given them a loan in the first place.
Prometheus February 12, 2014 at 04:01 PM
Mark....you are familiar with the NSA spying story right....those hooded figures on your front lawn are probably not clansmen...but FBI.
Heizenburg February 12, 2014 at 06:40 PM
And to say that you could care less implies that you care a certain amount and there is a lesser degree for which you could care. To state that you couldn't care less reassures readers of your post that you care so little that to is not possible to care less than you do.
mark February 13, 2014 at 08:55 AM
You buy a home and borrow 300k and pay back the 300k and 500k in interest while you pay mostly interest in the first 20 years of the loan plus PMI insurance fraud which insures you have less than 20% equity in your home! Plus 4k+ in property taxes to a usurped city government who increases your tax bill every year! Then when the homes around you start to fall apart or become foreclosed, the immigrants move in which lowers what little value your so called property has, then when you try to sell to escape, you find out you have no real equity because you been paying bank interest and taxes, insurance and all kinds of lawyer fees sneaked into the closing costs! Don't forget about your mandated healthcare because if you don't pay and can't pay the IRS fines, they will seize your home for Massa Obama and his Democrats!
Prometheus February 13, 2014 at 09:14 AM
What do you think happens when a government tramples liberty and injects it's will on the free market....all in the name of social justice.
mplo February 20, 2014 at 09:55 AM
Mark--just because the banks can and do bad stuff with people's mortgages doesn't justify these street-criminal bank heisters going into banks with automatic weapons drawn, forcing everybody to the floor, terrorizing and seriously injuring, or possibly killing people that they think are standing in their way. People who work in banks are also trying to make an honest living, most of them. Crime is crime, whether it's street-crime or white collar crime, and it's indefensible.

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