ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WJLA) -- It’s a crime that involves one man and one bank – four times. The suspect has been dubbed the ‘Beacon Hill Bandit,’ because he has robbed this TD Bank across from the Beacon Hill shopping center four separate times between March and July of this year.
Every time, it’s a similar routine: he walks in while appearing to be preoccupied on his phone and demands money from a teller – either verbally or with a note. A plastic bag is filled with cash, and then he takes off. The bandit usually wears sunglasses and a hat – twice a hard hat, and once a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle cap.
"You know, that's a lot of hits for that little bank," said Pat McCullough. And he isn't alone in thinking that hitting the same bank four times isn't the smartest move. Some think that his initial success bred the confidence to return.
FBI special agent Jackie Maguire says it’s definitely a unique situation as well as a troubling one, considering that three out of the four times, the bandit implied having a weapon:
"That concerns us, that implied violence, and we're just worried that could escalate into a violent situation."
The subject is described as a muscular black male in his 30s and roughly six feet tall. He wore sunglasses with square frames to each of the four robberies and twice dressed as a construction worker.
The FBI is offering a $5,000 reward for any information.