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FBI searching for 'piggy bank bandit' wanted in six bank robberies

Posted at 9:46 PM, Feb 26, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-28 19:41:25-05

PHOENIX — The FBI is searching for a suspect coined the “piggy bank bandit” accused of robbing four Phoenix banks in recent months.

In all six instances, the FBI says the suspect approached the bank teller and handed them a demand note. The note implies the presence of a weapon and demands cash. The tellers complied, giving the suspect an unknown amount of money each time, before leaving the bank on foot.

The six robberies the suspect is accused of happened on the following dates:

  • December 1, 2020: US Bank near Baseline Road and McClintock Drive in Tempe
  • December 17, 2020: Desert Financial Credit Union near Baseline Road and Alma School Road in Mesa
  • December 18, 2020: Arizona Credit Union near 48th Street and Chandler Boulevard in Phoenix
  • February 22, 2021: US Bank near Santan Village Parkway and Loop 202 in Gilbert
  • February 26, 2021: U.S. Bank near Tatum Boulevard and Deer Valley Road in Phoenix
  • February 26, 2021: U.S. Bank near U.S. Bank near 7th Street and Bell Road in Phoenix

The suspect is believed to be 5 feet, 6 inches tall, white, and between 25 and 35 years old. The suspect has been seen wearing a beanie-style hat, a hooded sweatshirt, long pants, black-rimmed glasses, a black facial mask, and has carried a backpack during the incidents. The suspect also appears to have a black neck tattoo, spotted in several of the robberies.

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The FBI says the suspect was dubbed the Piggy Bank Bandit because he or she left with coin rolls from one of the robberies.

The FBI says the suspect should be considered armed and dangerous.

"Anyone with information regarding the identity of this unknown suspect should contact the FBI’s Phoenix Field Office at (623) 466-1999, or may submit tips online at You may also contact Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS (480-948-6377).”