Help Wanted to ID 'Bearded Bandit'
‘Bearded Bandit’ has robbed 6 banks in Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts, including Bank of America in Barrington.
Federal, state and local police agencies working through the Commonwealth Fusion Center in Massachusetts, as well as law enforcement agencies in Rhode Island, are seeking your help in identifying a man who has robbed six banks since February 2012, including Bank of America in Barrington.
Because of the man’s appearance, he has been dubbed “The Bearded Bandit.”
Five of the robberies occurred in Rhode Island and his first was in Massachusetts. The robberies occured approximately 30 days apart, usually between 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. During each robbery, he claims to have a gun, but does not show it.
The suspect is a white male who appears to be in his 30s or 40s and is approximately 5’10” tall. The suspect speaks on a cell phone during the robbery, and he may change his clothes after fleeing the bank on foot.
He often wears a brown hooded sweatshirt, a blue knit cap, and warm-up pants, but he has also worn a light green baseball cap and a hooded shirt with flames on the front and on the sleeves.
The bank robberies occurred Feb. 23 in Seekonk, Mass., April 16 in Cranston, R.I., May 7 in Warwick, R.I., June 27 in North Providence, R.I., July 26 in Barrington, and Aug. 25 in Pawtucket.
A number of quality images have been captured and police believe the Bearded Bandit may be from southeastern Massachusetts or Rhode Island.
The public is urged to contact police at the Commonwealth Fusion Center at (978) 451-3700 with any information about the suspect or the robberies.