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The "bearded bandit" case

Rochester, N.Y. --- Some police sources are referring to the suspect (or suspects?) as the Duck Dynasty Robber or the Bearded Bandit.

In the past month five separate bank robberies have involved suspects wearing various disguises that include wigs and fake beards.  In some cases investigators admit to being reminded of the popular realty TV series on A&E, Duck Dynasty.  In other law enforcement circles the name Bearded Bandit is being passed around.

Officially no law enforcement agency will say if all five robberies are linked or if they suspect some are linked and some are copycat cases that emerged after local media reports of individual cases.

Sources confirm for 13WHAM News that all those possibilities are being looked at and the F.B.I. is taking a specific interest in these cases while assisting local law enforcement in Monroe and Ontario County.

In each of the five robberies listed below the suspects physical description, when made available, is consistently that of a white man around 25-to-30 years-old, height of 58 to 510, and with a medium build and possibly weighing around 160-to-165 pounds.

Police are not officially saying if they believe they are seeking one, two, or more suspects for these bank robberies.

December 23, 2013 at 1 p.m.
E.S.L. Federal Credit Union
200 Cobblestone Court, Victor, N.Y.
Ontario County Sheriffs Deputies investigate a robbery where the suspect entered the bank wearing a thick, black fake beard         .  He also had on a gray winter cap and thick, dark-rimmed glasses.  Investigators tell 13WHAM News that the suspect fled behind the building to a parking lot for other retail outlets where it is suspected he may have entered another vehicle to flee the area.

December 30, 2013 at 12:10 p.m.
Bank of America
100 Pixley Road, Gates, N.Y.
In this case Gates Police report that the suspect entered the bank wearing a long, gray-colored beard with a black ski cap and thick, dark-rimmed glasses. 

January 6, 2013 at 11:06 a.m.
E.S.L. Federal Credit Union
200 Cobblestone Court, Victor, N.Y.
In this case a suspect robbed the same bank that was hit two weeks prior.  This time the suspect was seen wearing a long-sleeved grayish shirt and was wearing a black ski cap and thick, dark-rimmed glasses.  This time the fake beard was a bushy, black goatee and the suspect can be seen making eye contact with the surveillance camera at one point.  Investigators tell 13WHAM News that in this case the suspect again fled in the same direction and witnesses provided a description of an aqua green smaller Chevy car leaving that area.  Sources suspect the vehicle turned onto Turk Hill Road headed towards Route 96 and then went east on Rte. 96 towards Victor.  Investigators recovered some paper evidence in front of Pizzeria Uno near the intersection of High Street and Route 96; a high-traffic area that may produce witnesses to that could help investigators.

January 9, 2014 at 1:30 p.m.
Bank of America
9 North Main Street, Pittsford, N.Y.
The suspect that passed a note to a teller demanding a cash at this bank did not wear a fake beard.  Instead the suspect sported a blonde wig and sunglasses.  While the disguise is the most different of the five robberies detailed in this report, the suspects physical description was again given as a 58 white man between 25 and 30 years-old.

January 10, 2014 at 1 p.m.
First Niagara Bank
1000 Hylan Drive, Henrietta N.Y.
The suspects physical build was not provided by the Monroe County Sheriffs Office but he is described as a white man wearing a brown curly hair wig and a fake beard.  The suspect also had sunglasses on.

If you have information that could help investigators solve these cases you are asked to call CrimeStoppers at 585-423-9300.  You can remain anonymous and could receive a cash reward if your tip leads to an arrest.

 
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