Police have dubbed a man responsible for five bank robberies in the area the “High Jump Bandit.”
The suspect, described as a white male, 35 to 40 years old, 5 feet, 9 inches to a little over 6 feet tall, and 180 to 200 pounds, has a shaven head and a tan completion. Police say he enters the bank, verbally threatens employees, and then jumps the counter demanding money.
The suspect has hit five banks since May 21 when he robbed two banks in Ahwatukee Foothills, BMO Harris and MidFirst Bank. The latest case was at the Bank of America, at 5065 E. Elliot Road on July 15.
The man is also suspected of robbing the Sun West Credit Union, at 302 E. McDowell Road in Phoenix, and the MidFirst Bank, at 787 E. Elliot Road in Tempe.
No vehicle has been seen. The suspect has always been seen fleeing on foot, police said.
“To this point no one has been injured by the suspect but the suspect may have cut his forehead during the first robbery, when he was pushed to the ground by an employee,” said a statement from Phoenix police.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Silent Witness at (480) WITNESS.