FBI: I-55 bandit strikes 3 banks in 30 days

September 11, 2013 2:19:26 PM PDT
Officials believe the same robber has struck 10 banks in five states, including Illinois. The FBI is calling the serial bank robber the ''I-55 bandit.''

Officials said he initially targeted banks along the I-55 corridor near St. Louis, but then expanded his operation to West Virginia, Maryland and Tennessee. He's struck three banks in the last 30 days, FBI agents say.

"The more often a bank robber commits a crime or commits a bank robbery, chances are, they'll get caught because they leave behind more clues," Rebecca Wu, FBI, St. Louis Field Office, said.

The FBI put up billboard along the I-55 corridor with the suspect's picture.

The I-55 bandit is white, in his 20s and has strawberry blond hair. He wears dark glasses and a hat during the bank robberies. He implies he's armed and then hands a note to bank tellers demanding money.