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FBI uses billboards to try to catch "Granddad Bandit"

(Photo courtesy of the FBI)
Surveillance photo of the so-called \"Granddad Bandit\" during a robbery in St. Louis.

By Associated Press

St. Louis, MO – A bald, heavyset man who the FBI says has robbed 21 banks in the eastern and central U.S. is proving to be so elusive that the agency has given him a name - the "Granddad Bandit."

The FBI announced plans Tuesday to post a picture of him on billboards in hopes of catching him.

The man is believed to be 50 to 60 years old. The FBI describes him as about 6 feet tall, bald and heavy.

He is wanted in 12 states: Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kansas, Florida, New York, Oklahoma, Texas, Mississippi, Missouri, Tennessee and Virginia.

Though the man has been dubbed the "Granddad Bandit," not much is known about him. The FBI says it typically assigns a name to serial bank robbers to give the public a reference point.


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