Suspect arrested in ‘Wiggin’ Out Bandit’ bank robberies in East Valley
PHOENIX — Authorities have arrested a suspect believed to be the “Wiggin’ Out Bandit” and charged him in 13 bank robberies across the East Valley.
Raymar Arthur, 31, was taken into custody without incident Thursday at his Maricopa home, the FBI said.
Arthur was charged with 10 bank robberies and 13 attempted bank robberies between March 27 and Oct. 4 in Mesa, Ahwatukee, Chandler, Apache Junction and Queen Creek.
An anonymous tip from the public helped investigators identify Arthur.
The “Wiggin’ Out Bandit” got his nickname because of the assortment of hairpieces worn as a disguise while committing the crimes.
The robberies mainly took place at Wells Fargo, MidFirst, US Bank and Chase branches inside grocery stores.
The suspect had been demanding money or presenting tellers with a demand note and then fleeing on foot.
No one was injured during any of the robberies.
Authorities didn’t reveal how much money he’d gotten away with.
Police departments in Mesa, Chandler, Apache Junction, Phoenix and Maricopa and the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office worked with the FBI’s Violent Crimes Task Force on the case.