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Grandpa Bandit Suspected of Third Robbery
$5,000 Reward Offered

FBI Portland December 02, 2009
  • Beth Anne Steele (503) 460-8099

The Oregon Financial Institutions Security Task Force (FIST) is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of a serial bank robbery wanted by the FBI for a series of bank robberies in Salem and Sherwood.

The man, nicknamed the “Grandpa Bandit,” robbed the Bank of American branch located at 15961 SW Tualatin-Sherwood Road in Sherwood on Wednesday, December 2, 2009, at about 3:40 p.m. He is also suspected in two other robberies: the Key Bank branch located at 750 Lancaster Drive NE Salem on October 14th and the Bank of America branch located at 3803 Center Street NE in Salem on October 29th. Although he did not show a weapon in today’s robbery, investigators do believe he threatened to kill a teller and showed a weapon in one of the previous robberies.

Witnesses describe him as:

White man
Height: 5’8”-5’10”
Weight: 160 - 180 pounds
Hair: Gray
Eyes: Light, possibly hazel
Wearing: Baseball cap, dark blue zip-up hoodie, jeans, prescription glasses

Anyone with information is asked to call the FBI in Salem at (503) 362-6601 during normal business hours or the FBI in Portland at (503) 224-4181 24 hours a day.

FIST is a cooperative effort made up of representatives from banks, savings and loans, and credit unions, as well as representatives from local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies. The purpose of FIST is to help reduce crimes.

Portland Division Grandpa Bandit, Photo 1 of 3 (12/2/09)

Portland Division Grandpa Bandit, Photo 2 of 3 (12/2/09)

Portland Division Grandpa Bandit, Photo 3 of 3 (12/2/09)