The man who the FBI is calling the "Dynomite Bandit" could be getting even more dangerous and officials are asking for the public's help to find the suspect who they have connected to three bank robberies.
The first was at a Peoria Chase Bank located near Vistancia Boulevard and North El Mirage Road on July 3, 2012. The second robbery was in December at the Wells Fargo in Anthem near Daisy Mountain and Interstate 17. The third was on January 2, 2013 at the Scottsdale Chase Bank near Dynamite and Pima roads. All three robberies were the work of at least one suspect, according to the FBI.
"The crimes are being perpetrated by a white male that may be working with an accomplice," said FBI Special Agent Mark Hoffman.
The white male was caught on surveillance video about a mile away from the Scottsdale bank the day of the robbery. Hoffman said the suspect will watch the business closely before he acts and his modus operandi is easy to spot.
"His MO is to gain entry to the banking institution after normal business hours, twice have been through a hole cut in the roof," Hoffman said. "We're looking at all types of individuals in this although he has extensive planning experience. Surveillance would lend us to believe that it may be somebody with a military or law enforcement background."
Police believe this man lowered himself through the roof at the Peoria and Anthem bank locations and in Scottsdale they believe he got in through a public entryway at an ATM.
And then the suspect uses the fake explosives.
"The subject then places a realistic looking explosive device inside the bank and exits undetected," Hoffman said.
The FBI said the next day when the bank opens, the suspect will call and threaten to detonate the fake bomb unless he's given money. Agents said the bombs look legitimate, but none of them have actually been explosive.
The suspect has only gotten away with money from the Peoria bank location.
Officials believe the suspect may be related to string of similar burglaries that started back in 2009 called the "Thou Shalt Not Steal Bandit."
If you know anything about the crimes you are asked to call police. A $15,000 reward is being offered.
Copyright 2013 CBS 5 (KPHO Broadcasting Corporation). All rights reserved.
Friday, May 17 2013 7:16 PM EDT2013-05-17 23:16:53 GMT
One person has died in a crash near Harrisonville, MO, Thursday evening. The crash happened on Missouri Highway 7 and Walker Road. It involved a car and a tractor-trailer. Harrisonville is in Cass County.More >
Savannah Nash celebrated her 16th birthday last week. She died Thursday when her car slammed into a semi while she was texting during her first time driving by herself.More >
Saturday, May 18 2013 8:48 AM EDT2013-05-18 12:48:41 GMT
Michigan State Police are on the scene of a deadly accident. It happened just before five Friday evening at 10139 S. Sheridan in Genesee County's Gaines Township. MSP believes speed was a factor in theMore >
One teen is dead, 2 others in critical condition after car crash. More >
Wednesday, May 15 2013 2:57 PM EDT2013-05-15 18:57:11 GMT
The old saying goes, "If you can't take the heat, stay out of the kitchen." Perhaps, this applies to Kitchen Nightmares, as well. An Arizona bakery was featured on Friday's episode of the Gordon RamseyMore >
The old saying goes, "If you can't take the heat, stay out of the kitchen." Perhaps, this applies to Kitchen Nightmares, as well.More >
ObitMichigan.com is dedicated to delivering immediate, up-to-date information on obituaries 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to families and friends in Mid-Michigan. Death notices are displayed during theMore >
ObitMichigan.com is dedicated to delivering immediate, up-to-date information 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to families and friends who have lost loved ones.More >
Friday, May 17 2013 11:13 AM EDT2013-05-17 15:13:54 GMT
Michigan State Police troopers made a traffic stop on Thursday morning that took a strange twist -- they say a pair inside that vehicle admitted they were on their way to "shoot a couple of people." TroopersMore >
Michigan State Police troopers made a traffic stop on Thursday morning that took a strange twist - they say a pair inside that vehicle admitted they were on their way to "shoot a couple of people."More >
Friday, May 17 2013 2:44 PM EDT2013-05-17 18:44:51 GMT
By ED WHITE, Associated Press A Sanilac County woman gained the sympathy and admiration of her community as the subject of a newspaper's award-winning series about surviving rape. People and organizationsMore >
A Sanilac County woman gained the sympathy and admiration of her community as the subject of a newspaper's award-winning series about surviving rape. More >
Friday, May 17 2013 1:50 PM EDT2013-05-17 17:50:19 GMT
A man charged with killing his own cousin has turned himself in to authorities. Saginaw Police said 21-year-old Derell Martin is accused of shooting Don'Dre Martin. The 19-year-old was gunned down whileMore >
A man charged with killing his own cousin has turned himself in to authorities.More >
Friday, May 17 2013 5:47 PM EDT2013-05-17 21:47:08 GMT
After proudly serving his country in two wars, an 86-year-old veteran is repaid by being attacked in his own home and held at gunpoint. And while robbers took off with some of the man's belongings, hisMore >
A man used to combat and decorated with a Purple Heart during the Korean War was thrown to the ground in his own home as thieves made off with TVs, guns and his ride.More >
Friday, May 17 2013 1:26 PM EDT2013-05-17 17:26:14 GMT
Earthquakes Canada is reporting a 5.1-magnitude earthquake just west of Ottawa that was felt as far away as Toronto. The federal agency that monitors earthquakes revised its original report, saying itMore >
Earthquakes Canada is reporting a 5.1-magnitude earthquake just west of Ottawa that was felt as far away as Toronto, Ann Arbor and Saginaw.More >