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Mesh Mask Bandit Frustrates Bank Customers

Bank robber linked to 19th holdup



    Bank customers are getting angry about a bank robbery committed by a man dubbed the "Mesh Mask Bandit," who has struck 19 times. (Published Wednesday, May 22, 2013)

    Bank customers are getting angry at a notorious bank robber who is still on the loose.

    So far, the so-called "Mesh Mask Bandit" has robbed 19 banks in Dallas, Carrollton, Arlington, Grand Prairie, Addison, Farmers Branch, Lewisville, Plano and Garland since New Year's Eve.

    The latest holdup was at a Chase bank in the 100 block of South Garland Avenue -- a mile away from the Garland police station.

    "I'm pretty pissed that somebody would rob my bank that I've been doing business with for years," said customer John Fulgham.

    Garland police said the bank has hired a police officer to be stationed at the location.

    "I walked into the bank today and I saw the cops and I was like, 'I've never seen a cop in my life banking at Chase,' and I figured out something is going on," customer Osagie Smith said.

    The FBI dubbed the robber the Mesh Mask Bandit because he wears a mesh mask that hides his face while still allowing him to see through it.

    FBI spokeswoman Katherine Chaumont said the robber also wore a green track jacket and hat as he did in other robberies.

    The robberies are all similar -- he walks into a bank, shows a gun to the teller, demands cash and runs off, the FBI said.

    "It's really, really absurd," Smith said. "How does he get away with it? Every single time, he goes and he's succeeded."

    Fulgham said he thinks investigators will catch up to the robber sooner or later.

    "You will be caught; it's just a matter of time," he said.

    Investigators are following leads and tips coming in every day. They also have a billboard campaign all over the Metroplex.

    The Mesh Mask Bandit is considered armed and dangerous. The FBI is offering a reward of up to $20,000 for information leading to an arrest. Anyone with information is urged to call the Dallas office of the FBI at 972-559-5000 or the North Texas Crime Stoppers tip line at 1-877-373-TIPS (8477).