FBI Works to Catch "Mesh Mask Bandit"

By Omar Villafranca
|  Thursday, May 2, 2013  |  Updated 12:55 PM CDT
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The FBI is expanding their search for the Mesh-Masked Bandit, a man wanted for robbing 17 banks.

Keaton Fox, NBC 5 News

The FBI is expanding their search for the Mesh-Masked Bandit, a man wanted for robbing 17 banks.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is trying to catch a North Texas bank robber who is now suspected of robbing as many as 17 banks from Dallas to Arlington.

The man dubbed “The Mesh Mask Bandit” is suspected of robbing the Capital One Bank in Arlington on Monday afternoon.
 
The FBI tells NBC 5 the man walked to the counter, pointed a gun at the teller and demanded money.
 
The man’s mask wasn’t secured onto his face, and parts of his neck and cheek could be seen in the surveillance photos released by investigators [see photo below].
 
 
The cameras also captured the man getting into a blue Dodge Caravan and leaving the bank. Investigators say the robber might have a chemical burn or red dye on him from an exploding dye pack inserted into stolen bills.
 
The FBI says “The Mesh Mask Bandit” is a suspect in as many as 17 bank robberies, from Dallas to Arlington. Investigators say the suspect seems to be moving from East to West. He started robbing banks in Dallas, but has also hit targets in Carrollton, Farmers Branch, Grand Prairie and now Arlington.
 
The FBI tells NBC 5 they plan on putting the man’s pictures on billboards across North Texas to help bring him to justice.
 
If you have any information, you can call the Dallas office of the FBI at 972-559-5000.

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