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FBI offers $5K reward for bike bandit

Security camera images of the man who the FBI says robbed the Bank of the West branch at 10050 Coors Bypass NW on Tuesday, left, and the Bank of the West at 5228 Central SW on Aug. 15, right. (Source: FBI)

The bike-riding bank robber has apparently struck again – this time targeting a location near Cottonwood Mall, farther north from the previous heists he’s suspected of carrying out.

Now, the FBI is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect, who is believed to have robbed three Albuquerque-area banks.

According to the FBI, the most recent robbery happened at the Bank of the West branch at 10050 Coors Bypass NW around 2 p.m. Tuesday. The suspect – described as a Hispanic or white man in his 50s or 60s, about 5 feet 10, with a slender build and unshaven face – went into the bank and “presented a demand note to a teller, who handed over an undisclosed amount of money to the man,” the FBI said in a news release.

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The robber was wearing a blue-hooded sweatshirt with “2011 Knights” printed on the back as well as sunglasses, a dark baseball cap with a logo on the front and blue jeans.

“The suspect fled on a white bicycle,” the FBI said.

The bureau said the man is suspected of robbing two other area banks in recent months.

On July 26, a white male said to be in his 40s or 50s wearing sunglasses and a brown or green University of New Mexico Lobos baseball cap robbed a Wells Fargo branch at 1406 Bridge SW, near Sunset, around 3 p.m.

And, just before 4 p.m. on Aug. 15, a white male described as in his 50s with eyeglasses and a green baseball cap with a white front robbed a Bank of the West branch at 5228 Central SW, near Old Coors. His demand note “indicated he had a suspicious device,” the FBI said at the time. The item left behind was determined not to be dangerous.

“In each of the robberies, the suspect left on a bicycle,” the FBI said on Tuesday.

Anyone with information on the robberies is asked to call the FBI at (505) 889-1300, or Albuquerque Metro Crime Stoppers, anonymously, at (505) 843-STOP.

Tips can also be submitted online at tips.fbi.gov.


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