FBI using billboards to find serial bank robber
Tue, 25 Aug 2009 22:03:21 GMT —
The FBI is trying a new tactic in its manhunt for a serial bank robber who's struck in Myrtle Beach and nine other cities. The bureau is pulling out all the stops to get the public involved.
The man's face is now on billboards throughout the south, and the FBI wants your help in catching him before somebody gets hurt.
At Santee Cooper Credit Union in Myrtle Beach, the FBI flier about the serial bank robber is posted at both entrances, every teller station, and even the drive-up window.
Branch manager Marilyn Sullivan says she wants her customers and her tellers to be well informed about this bank robber, because he's scarier than most.
"He's very brave, obviously, he's got a lot of issues, he's not scared to show himself," said Sullivan.
In early May, the suspect held up a bank in Louisville, Kentucky, and then went on a robbery spree in seven cities in both Carolinas, including First Palmetto Savings Bank near Myrtle Beach August 10th, before hitting banks in two Tennessee towns in one day last week.
Now, the FBI has put surveillance photos of the suspect on electronic billboards that have gone up in eight southern states. Agent Kevin Keithley says the suspect seems to be getting more dangerous with each hold-up.
"He's put the gun in the faces of tellers, threatened to use the gun against them, and threatened violence against the bank themselves. So, certainly we need to get this guy in custody before he does harm someone."
The FBI is also making sure banks around the southeast have the suspect's description and M.O., and area banks are keeping each other informed, says Marilyn Sullivan.
"You network, amongst all of us, the police department, FBI, all of them, send out bios and different things to all the institutions, so we do kind of communicate to each other," added Sullivan.
The suspect is described as 5'8" to 5'11," about 200 pounds, around 25 years old, with brown hair, a goatee and tattoos on both arms.
If you've seen him, call 9-1-1, your local police or the FBI.