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FBI offers $5,000 for tips leading to arrest of serial bank robber in Baltimore area

FBI will give $5K for info leading to arrest of serial bank robber in Baltimore

The FBI is offering a $5,000 reward for any information that leads to the arrest of a suspect believed to be responsible for at least three bank robberies in the Baltimore area this month.

The man, nicknamed "The Aviator" by law enforcement officials for the style of sunglasses he has worn in each of the robberies, has each time approached a teller while talking on a cellphone, then handed over a note announcing an armed robbery and demanding cash, the FBI said.

Each time, the man has received cash and fled on foot.

The robberies occurred on Sept. 1 at the Wells Fargo Bank in the 1600 block of Merritt Boulevard in Dundalk; on Sept. 9 at the BB&T Bank in the 5400 block of Harford Road in Hamilton; and on Tuesday at the Wells Fargo Bank in the 7600 block of Harford Road, in Parkville.

The FBI released images of the suspect on Thursday, describing him as a black man in his 40s, about 5 foot 9 and with a "salt and pepper" beard."

"He wears a baseball cap, long-sleeved shirt/hooded sweatshirt and aviator sunglasses," the FBI said.

The FBI's Violent Crimes Task Force, which partners with local police agencies, is handling the case. Anyone with information is asked to call the FBI at 410-265-8080.

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