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Bank Robber on Oregon Interstate Corridor Sought by Police

The alleged robberies took place in 2007.

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(PORTLAND, Ore.) - A man who police say is responsible for a string of bank robberies in Oregon along the Interstate-5 corridor is the subject of a growing investigation.

Investigators say they have dubbed the man the "Grocery Store Bandit" and they believe he is responsible for at least eight robberies stretching from Portland to Eugene between late January and early June.

The Oregon Financial Institution Security Task Force (FIST) and Bank of America are offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person responsible for a long series of bank robberies along the I-5 corridor.

In three of the robberies, he is alleged to have targeted bank branches inside grocery stores. They say he implied that he had a weapon in at least one robbery.

In all the robberies, he wore at least a hat. In several of the robberies he also is reported to have worn sunglasses and possibly a wig.

Witnesses describe the robbery suspect as:

  • Black male adult
  • Age: Late 20's to early 30's
  • Height: 6'2" - 6'4"
  • Build: Thin, athletic
  • Complexion: light

The alleged robberies all took place in 2007 and include:

The suspect reportedly robbed the Wells Fargo Bank on January 20th of this year, at 15570 SW Pacific Highway in Tigard.

On January 27th, the suspect is reported to have robbed the Bank of America, located at 6901 NE Sandy Boulevard in Portland.

The same man is a suspect in a March 23rd robbery at the OSU Credit Union, 4990 River Rd. NE, Keizer.

A robbery at the Washington Mutual Bank, 9980 SE 92nd Avenue in Happy Valley is attributed to the suspect, police say.

The Wells Fargo Bank at 1455 NE Division in Gresham is connected to the suspect according to police, that happened on April 21st.

Another reported robbery incident connected to the "Grocery Store bandit" happened May 24th at the Liberty Bank, located at 1585 Coburg Road in Eugene.

In Salem, the man is accused of robbing the First Tech Credit Union at 2829 Lancaster Dr. NE, on May 24th.

He is also a suspect in a robbery at the Washington Mutual Bank at 2364 W. Burnside Street in Portland that happened just last week, on June 4th.

In Oregon, please call the FBI in Eugene at (541) 343-5222 or in Salem at (503) 362-6601 during normal business hours or the FBI in Portland at (503) 224-4181 twenty-four hours a day.

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