Federal Bureau of Investigation

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    June 25, 2014

    Houston FBI Nabs 4 in Nationwide Child Sex Trafficking Task Force

    Child prostitutes were the focus of a recent FBI anti-sex trafficking operation, where a total of 168 juveniles were recovered nationwide. The sting rounded up suspects in more than 100 cities and involved 54 FBI divisions. In Houston, four kids were recovered and four pimps, according to the Justi ... More >>

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    March 20, 2014

    Missouri City Bank Robbery Suspect Grabs Loot, Gets Away on Kiddie Bike

    At first, cops must've thought it was some kind of prank. A guy walks into a bank on Wednesday afternoon, asks for some money and walks out. His getaway car, though? A little kiddie bike. Maybe drugs were involved, who knows. But this guy committed a federal crime in broad daylight and then pedals ... More >>

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    January 23, 2014

    Bank Robbing Lady Declares "I'm Back" When Hitting Same Bank for the Second Time This Month

    When robbers make multiple robbery attempts, they are often called brazen, but when the robber in question is a older woman with a penchant for hoodies making her look like a Sith Lord, how should we describe her? Brazen seems almost too masculine. Perhaps she has gumption or spunk. Or maybe she's j ... More >>

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    January 7, 2014

    Old Red Riding Hood and Yellow-Tooth Guy Sought in Separate Robberies

    The FBI uses some creative approaches in their press releases, namely how they label particular wanted criminals. In the last couple days, they have asked for help locating a "yellow-teeth" bandit, for example. But they missed out on a chance to call the woman above Old Red Riding Hood, which is dis ... More >>

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    September 12, 2013

    Man Uses Cell Phone in Teller Line at Bank...Also Robs It at Gunpoint

    I'm not sure which is more annoying, some jerk not paying attention while waiting in line at the bank or the post office because he's on the phone or the little sign at these places telling customers to stay off the phone while in line. But, I think I may have found the most irritating version of th ... More >>

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    June 25, 2013

    Dude Robs Bank Apparently After a Morning of Shaving Gone Awry

    Shaving sucks. It's annoying and you are essentially scraping a razor across your face -- not the safest idea. As a result, accidents are bound to happen. And, when they do if they are serious enough, you have to be that weirdo who wears bandages on your face and explain to co-workers, "Yeah, I'm th ... More >>

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    June 10, 2013

    Bad Furries: FBI Seeks Help Locating the "Teddy Bear Bandit"

    Sometimes a fetish can just go too far. There's nothing wrong with two adults sharing a little 50 shades of naughty in the privacy of their own bedroom. Hell, if they want to dress up like, oh, I don't know, giant fuzzy bears and roll around inside their "den" of iniquity, it's a damn free country. ... More >>

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    April 16, 2013

    FBI Flips Script, Asks People for Photos, Videos from Boston Attacks

    Over the years since 9/11, photographers have not enjoyed the best relationship with law enforcement officials. While there has never been any legitimate evidence suggesting terrorists used photos of buildings or targets to assist them with their plots, law enforcement casts a wary eye towards anyon ... More >>

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    April 2, 2013

    Joshua Vela & Jon Lopez: Face 5 Years For Pointing Lasers At Highly Maneuverable Helicopters Who Could Chase Them Down

    Two 21-year-old men have been arrested and face up to five years in federal prison for aiming laser pointers at helicopters, the FBI says. Joshua Nathaniel Vela and Jon David Lopez, both of Alice, will be arraigned Thursday in federal court, as the seriousness of the whole "being treated like terro ... More >>

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    March 28, 2013

    World's Lamest Bank-Robbing Disguise (Moses? Blond Lincoln?) Baffles Cops

    The FBI and local law-enforcement are baffled by a disguise used in a nprthwest-side bank robbery this morning. Mostly, they seemed baffled by just how half-assed and piss-poor the disguise was, and why the robber would use an outfit seemingly designed only to inspire derision and laughter. The FB ... More >>

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    January 3, 2013

    FBI Seeks Help Apprehending a "Bundled Up" Bandit

    I've long admired the FBI's wit when it came to criminal activity, particularly when it involved odd looking or strangely dressed bank robbers. They've had fat guys and dudes in wigs and sunglasses. They always manage to twist it into something funny even if the crime is anything but. Fact is, all ... More >>

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    November 7, 2012

    Amegy Bank Gets Hit by "Wedding Band Bandit" Who May be Divorced Soon if His Wife Sees This

    The Amegy Bank at 12130 Hempstead Highway was robbed today and the FBI hopes the public can help them find the bad guy. The local FBI likes attaching special monikers to its suspects -- which we wholeheartedly approve of because otherwise writing up this stuff would be incredibly kind of boring. ... More >>

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    September 20, 2012

    Ailene Lander: If You See This 15-Year-Old In Houston Today, She's Been Kidnapped

    The FBI thinks an Alabama girl who was allegedly kidnapped by her stepfather this week will be moving through the Houston area on the way to Mexico. Ailene Lander was at a doctor's office Septmeber 17 in Dothan, Alabama when she was taken by Charles Partin, investigators say. "There is a concern t ... More >>

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    August 15, 2012

    A Courtly Hat Tip Says "It's Been My Pleasure To Rob Your Bank This Morning, Miss"

    Simple etiquette -- it is so rare these days. Gentlemen donning chapeaux in this modern era seldom can be bothered to make the effort to tip their headgear in the most basic acknowledgement of interaction with a fellow human being. Not the dude who robbed a First Convenience Bank inside a Cypress ... More >>

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    July 26, 2012

    Walmart Robbery Suspect Photos Released: Camouflage Hat & All

    Thanks to the miracle of modern surveillance cameras, we can all now have a look at the fellow who the FBI believes robbed the Woodforest National Bank located inside a Humble Walmart store on Saturday, July 14. The 9:17 a.m. robbery occurred at the bank in the Walmart at 9235 North Sam Houston Par ... More >>

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    June 14, 2012
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    February 7, 2012

    John "Steven" Stark: The FBI Defends Calling This Dude "Tall, Dark & Handsome" (UPDATED)

    De gustibus non est disputandum, as they say in Latin, which basically means some people's taste sucks but there's no sense arguing with them about it. But we had to take issue with the FBI declaring bank robber John "Steven" Stark, pictured above, as being "tall, dark and handsome." Stark, who is ... More >>

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    February 2, 2012

    New Frontiers for Rice: Bank Robbery

    He may not be "tall, dark & handsome," but this Comerica bank branch robber is proudly Rice, through and through. Not only is he wearing a dapper-yet-conservative business suit, he loudly displays his Owl Pride by sporting a Rice baseball cap, which, it must be said, is not the usual chapeau choice ... More >>

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    January 23, 2012

    Keith Stone Look-Alike Robs Bellaire Bank

    I saw The Toxic Avenger at the Alley Theatre over the weekend and learned from the program that one of the actors plays Keith Stone, the mullet-wearing Keystone beer guy in their television ads. We had no idea that he was also into robbing banks. Of course, it's probably not him, but that wig sure d ... More >>

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    November 2, 2011

    This Dude Caused Some of Two Shell Plaza to be Evacuated

    Photo from FBINo bomb, just a threat​A guy who robbed a branch bank in downtown's Two Shell Plaza caused police to evacuate some of the building by leaving behind a bag he said contained a bomb. The incident happened around 11:15 a.m., the FBI says. The man walked up to tellers and asked for ... More >>

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    August 2, 2011

    Pop Rocks: Can't We Just Leave D.B. Cooper Alone?

    On the plus side, maybe this guy can get a new gig.​This November marks the 40th anniversary of the hijacking of Northwest Flight #305 by a man calling himself "Dan Cooper." The hijacker, later erroneously referred to in the media as "D.B.," jumped out of the plane at an altitude of 10,000 fee ... More >>

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    August 1, 2011

    The Casual Bank Robber, Caught in Action

    FBI​Politeness still counts for something, right? Above is a man who robbed a Bank of America branch inside a Food Town grocery store in the 9500 block of S. Kirkwood this morning. "At approximately 11:05 a.m., the man entered the bank and casually waited in line with other customers before ... More >>

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    February 25, 2011

    Trickle-Down Economics: Bank Robber So Successful He's Hired Help

    Help wanted: Bank robbery is a growing field​Who says it's a tough job market? All it takes is a little success and employers will start hiring. Ask the dude who's wanted in at least seven local bank robberies since November. Let's put it this way: He's hiring. His latest escapade, at a Bank ... More >>

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    November 23, 2010

    Relax: FBI Looking for Impatient Bank Robber

    Impatient robber is impatient​In October, we wondered what other manners infractions the FBI might levy against future bank robbers having already accused them of sloppy dress, chubbiness and simply being rude. We have our answer: impatience. According to the FBI, the suspect (seen in the pho ... More >>

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    October 28, 2010

    FBI Now Criticizing Bank Robbers For Rudeness

    Rudy can't fail​We've had the local FBI criticize bank robbers for a lack of fashion sense; they've ripped robbers for being somewhat portly and sloppy, but now they're really appalled.Now the bank robbers are being rude."At approximately 10:15 a.m. [Wednesday], the man entered the Fiesta store an ... More >>

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    September 14, 2010

    Ernest Withers: 5 Other FBI Informants Of Note

    Also an FBI informant, but not on our list​Pretty shocking news via the Memphis Commercial Appeal this morning that Ernest Withers, the well-known photographer of the Civil Rights movement who was seen as a trusted friend byt its leaders, was an FBI informant.Because, you know, Martin Luther King ... More >>

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    September 3, 2010

    Guy Robs Bank, Gets Away In Taxi -- In Houston(!)

    Photo courtesy FBITaxi!!​We've had bicycling bank robbers, banks robbers who waddled away, and now we've got a cool customer who takes a taxi.In Houston, where taxis are way down the list of transportation options, that's a nice twist.The perpetrator, described as "white male, 35-40, approximately ... More >>

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    August 25, 2010

    XXXL Bandit Strikes Again, Earns FBI Respek

    Photo courtesy FBISo caught up in his work, he's even ignoring the candy bowl​Earlier we brought you a tale of the biking brigands, two unrelated Huffy-rolling heisters breaking banks in far-flung suburbs around Greater Houston.Today we bring you the further adventures of their portly polar opposi ... More >>

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    August 20, 2010

    FBI Makes Arrests in Sex Trafficking Operation

    Not the kind of traffic the FBI is talking about.​In Houston, when we think of traffic, we think of road construction and car accidents and general gridlock. It's annoying, but generally not life threatening.The FBI, on the other hand, deals with trafficking...of the human variety and Friday they ... More >>

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    August 20, 2010

    FBI Offers $20k Reward for "Bayou Bandit"

    Take this guy down and earn some cash money!The Houston FBI wants to get the word out about a $20,000 reward for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the "Bayou Bandit," who they believe could have robbed eleven banks in Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas, ... More >>

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    August 13, 2010

    You Think I'm A Bank Robber Just Because Of The Way I'm Dressed?

    Photo courtesy FBIOkay, yeah, I'm a bank robber​Some bank robbers act all natural, looking like everyone else as they wait their turn with the teller. Others just flaunt it.The guy who robbed a Prosperity Bank branch in the 8800 block of Westheimer yesterday was one of the latter. Or maybe he just ... More >>

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    August 11, 2010

    XXXL Bandit Lives To Waddle Away Again

    Photo courtesy FBIBig man needs big things​The man the FBI has dubbed The XXXL Bandit was walked away from another bank robbery. Once again no getaway car was seen.We don't think this speaks highly of the effort on some people to catch this guy.Last month he struck on Clear Lake City Boulevard; th ... More >>

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    July 14, 2010

    XXXL Bandit -- How Did This Guy Get Away?

    Photo courtesy FBILarge and in charge​First it was the "Fashionable Felon." Now the FBI's making fat jokes.Is this a crime-fighting agency or Project Runway? What Not to Wear (When Robbing a Bank)?Meet the "XXXL Bandit," who eats because he's sad and is sad because he eats, if Austin Powers can be ... More >>

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    July 9, 2010

    "Fashionable Felon"? You Call This Fashionable, FBI?

    Photo courtesy FBITerrible lighting, awful pose -- this is a fashion shoot?​The FBI has put out an alert for someone it's calling "The Fashionable Felon," a woman who robbed a Wachovia Bank branch on the northwest side yesterday afternoon.We realize the FBI was not created to be an arbiter of fash ... More >>

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    May 28, 2010

    Reckless Robber: He's Reckless No More (Probably)

    That man was so reckless​The FBI thinks they've got the man they dubbed the "Reckless Robber." Well, they didn't get him -- Fort Bend Sheriff's deputies did when they killed him in a shootout May 22.Mouafak Kazza, 26, was killed during a bank robbery where he was apparently even more reckless than ... More >>

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    May 14, 2010

    Jacqueline LeBaron, Daughter Of Infamous Murdering Cult Leader, Is Back In Houston

    Photo courtesy FBICaptured after two decades on the run​The FBI has announced that they have captured Jacqueline LeBaron, who has been on the run for 22 years after a notorious series of killings ordered by her father, a bigamist cult leader.The FBI received a tip LeBaron, daughter of Ervil LeBaro ... More >>

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    April 19, 2010

    Police Need Help Finding Bank Robber, Identifying Sports Team Logos

    Photo courtesy of the FBI​The Houston FBI and Richmond Police Department are looking for a man who robbed a Capitol One Bank in Richmond this morning. Like most criminal masterminds, he apparently felt it was OK to basically stare at the security camera because his sunglasses and baseball cap ... More >>

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    March 30, 2010

    Criminal-Background Checks Delayed In Texas Due To Census

    ​As if that damn census wasn't so bad already, what with their nonsensical questions and such, now comes word that the Texas Department of Public Safety is going to have to put on hold criminal-background checks because of it.The FBI is going to be so busy doing fingerprint checks on 484,000 prosp ... More >>

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    March 10, 2010

    If You're Going To Rob A Bank, At Least Be Polite About It

    Photos courtesy FBI​The FBI sounds highly annoyed at the latest Houston bank robber. Not because he robbed a bank -- anyone here is pretty much used to that sort of thing these days -- but because he was unspeakably rude while doing so.The "Big Bully," they're calling him.The headline on the relea ... More >>

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    February 22, 2010

    A Genius Of Disguise, A Maid Of A Thousand Faces, Haunts Houston Banks

    ​See that woman on the left? Seems to be middle-aged?Now look at the woman on the right, obviously a fairly decrepit great-grandmother.PREPARE TO HAVE YOUR MIND BLOWN: It is the same person.The FBI has dubbed her the "Bad Granny" bank-robber because -- we can only assume -- she's "bad" because she ... More >>

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    January 26, 2010

    Who's A Dude Gotta Blow To Rob A Bank Around Here?

    Photo courtesy FBI​ If there's one thing that sucks about society these days, it's how you have to wait in line forever before getting any service. Especially if you're trying to rob a bank.The gentleman pictured above no doubt thinks so. He walked into a Bank of America on the West Sam Houston Pa ... More >>

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    January 6, 2010

    Please, Houston Bank Robbers: Put Some Effort Into Your Disguise

    Photos courtesy FBI​ Oh, Houston bank robbers, you continue to disappoint. But few disappoint more than this guy, who hit a westside Randall's yesterday.The FBI has dubbed him the "Rasta Robber," but we feel that's giving the dude too much credit. The feds say he was a black male who "sported a dr ... More >>

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    December 17, 2009

    Transvestites Are Robbing Banks In Wharton. Wharton?

    Photos courtesy FBI​ The FBI usually tries hard to come up with a catchy nickname or description for the bank robbers they seek, but this time the robber did all the work himself.We're guessing -- and we freely admit we could be wrong -- that the population of black transvestites in the sleepy rur ... More >>

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    November 25, 2009

    The Couple That Robs Banks Together Stays Together

    Photo courtesy FBI​ Fun with Dick & Jane was pretty much a bomb for Jim Carrey, but it looks like one couple really liked it.They walked into a Wirt Road Krogers this afternoon and robbed it.As the FBI puts it: At approximately 12:55p.m., the couple entered the Kroger and proceeded to the bank ... More >>

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    November 10, 2009

    A Man Who Just Does Not Have The Patience To Rob A Bank

    Photo courtesy FBI​ See this dude here? Rocking the sunglasses and the shaggy locks?NOTE TO CRIMINAL OVERLORDS: Do not hire this guy to rob any banks for you. If you do, give him some Ritalin or something.Here's what the FBI has to say about this guy's attempt to rob the Chase Bank near 9300 Westh ... More >>

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    September 3, 2009

    The World's Most Unfortunately Dressed Bank Robber

    The FBI has put out the alert for a new bank robber, one who knocked off a Memorial Drive Wachovia and a west-side Bank of America last week.This is not just any bank robber, though. This dude has style. A very outdated, ridiculous style.Photo courtesy FBI​The FBI is calling him the "Sweatin' to t ... More >>

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    August 12, 2009

    World's Worst Get-Away Vehicle Succeeds, At Least For Now

    If you're going to rob a bank and hope to get away with it, a couple of basic tips would seem to be a) Drive a vehicle that looks like every other vehicle on the road, and b) Don't do everything but pose for your security-camera shot.Tossing caution to the wind, two robbers were captured in video wh ... More >>

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    July 6, 2009

    Texas Tries, But Can't Lead The Nation In Bank Robberies

    As faithful Hair Balls readers know, Houston loves it some bank robbin'. The FBI office here eagerly hands out nicknames to robbers (Best one yet: the fiend called "Read My Lips" because he has some ailment that discolors his lips).We've had polite robbers, reckless robbers, guys dressed as construc ... More >>

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    May 11, 2009

    Proud Of Your Tattoos -- Even During A Bank Robbery

    Here's today's tip for Houston bank robbers: If the FBI's press release about you is able to note a detail like "he even had a skull tattooed on the back of his head," you're probably not taking that extra step to disguise your identity.Now, if you hang out in a colony of a couple thousand people wh ... More >>

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    May 1, 2009

    The FBI Makes Things Go "Boom," And We Have The Video

    (Note: The explosions get bigger the longer you stick with the video.) For the better part of this week, FBI bomb experts have been teaching area cops the Xs and Os of improvised explosives, like the ones made by shoe-bomber Richard Reid or the one that killed college student Matthew Rugo in his Tex ... More >>

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