‘Nav­i­ga­tion Ban­dit’ hits 5 area banks

The Dallas Morning News - - State -

The FBI is ask­ing for help in its hunt for a Dal­las-area bank rob­ber nick­named the “Nav­i­ga­tion Ban­dit.”

The se­rial rob­ber has struck five banks since Feb. 7, the most re­cent heist be­ing Mon­day in Far North Dal­las at BBVA Com­pass Bank on Pre­ston Road near Belt Line Road.

The other rob­beries also tar­geted Com­pass banks, earn­ing the rob­ber his name:

■ Feb. 7: BBVA Com­pass Bank at 9090 Skill­man St. in Dal­las

■ Feb. 21: BBVA Com­pass Bank at 3939 St. Fran­cis St. in Dal­las

■ March 8: BBVA Com­pass Bank at 1134 N. Buck­ner Blvd. in Dal­las

■ March 9: BBVA Com­pass Bank at 111 N. Glen­brook Drive in Gar­land

■ March 12: BBVA Com­pass Bank at 14852 Pre­ston Road in Dal­las

In each crime, the rob­ber gives a teller a note de­mand­ing money and then flees. He has yet to bran­dish a weapon, and no one has been harmed in any of the holdups.

The rob­ber is de­scribed as a His­panic man in his mid20s, be­tween 5-foot-6 and 5-9 and about 160 pounds. He has a short jaw­line beard and a mus­tache, some­times wears glasses and usu­ally wears a base­ball cap or a beanie.

Af­ter the Feb. 21 rob­bery, he changed clothes, ditched the beanie and glasses and went to a nearby store. He was spot­ted on sur­veil­lance cam­era leav­ing the store wear­ing a black jacket, tan pants and a back­pack.

Any­one who can iden­tify the man may call the Dal­las field of­fice of the FBI at 972-559-5000 or Dal­las po­lice De­tec­tive Car­cone at 214-412-8474.

Anony­mous tips may be given to Crime Stop­pers at 214373-8477. Crime Stop­pers is of­fer­ing up to $5,000 for in­for­ma­tion lead­ing to an ar­rest and in­dict­ment. The FBI is also of­fer­ing a re­ward of up to $5,000.

Matt Peter­son

In each crime, au­thor­i­ties say, the rob­ber gives a teller a note de­mand­ing money, then flees. He has not shown a weapon, and no one has been harmed in the holdups.

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