Plague Of The Nicknamed Bandits

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Last Thursday, a Sterling Bank location in Kingwood was robbed by a man with a gun and some extra room, um, down there. The “Bagless Bandit” (as he’s being dubbed by the FBI) walked in, asked the teller to cash a check and then pulled a gun on her. She gave them money, but since he had forgotten (as his moniker implies) the standard robber gear he stuffed the goods down his pants (next to his own goods).

FBI spokeswoman Shauna Dunlap says the “Bagless Bandit” also robbed a Pasadena bank later that day in the same clothes but a different car. At the Kingwood location he was in a silver four-door with damage to the rear and in Pasadena he was seen in a blue pick-up type truck. The FBI’s press release says he is described as “a Hispanic male, 20-25 years old, 5’05” to 5’06” tall, 140-160 pounds, average build, with short black hair. He was wearing a grey short sleeved polo shirt over a dark tee shirt, blue jeans, and dark sunglasses.”

“I can tell you we are still following up on leads. He is still on the loose,” Dunlap says.

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Also still on the loose is the “Bilingual Bandit” – “a Hispanic male, 25-28 years old, 5’11” tall, average build, with a light complexion” – who received his moniker for threatening a teller in both English and Spanish during an August 2 robbery at Laredo National Bank in Bellaire.

And the “Dress Shirt Bandit” – a black male with a dark complexion in his late 30s to early 40s, weighing in at 225 to 250 pounds and topping out at around six feet, who is known for being clean shaven and fashion forward. Back in June this guy took the money and ran from a Wells Fargo inside a Houston Randalls.

Tips can be called into Crime Stoppers, 713-222-TIPS. Dunlap says there is a $5,000 reward for any information leading to the charge and arrest of these three bandits.

We’d like to know what the reward is for coming up with a better system for naming wanted criminals.

Dusti Rhodes

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