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FBI looking for ‘Red Beard Bandit’ who robbed Tucson, Chandler banks

May 20 robbery suspect in Tucson (FBI Photo)

PHOENIX — The FBI is looking for a man who robbed three banks in Tucson and one in Chandler this year.

They said the “Red Beard Bandit” robbed a Pima Federal Credit Union in Tucson on April 4.

He then robbed a National Bank of Arizona in Tucson on May 20 and a Bank of the West in Tucson on June 28 before hitting the Wells Fargo Bank at Ray and McQueen roads in Chandler on Aug. 8.

In all of the robberies, the man presented a teller with a note demanding money.

He told a teller during the first robbery that he had an explosive device, and in at least two of the other robberies he was armed with a black handgun.

The suspect was described as a bald man with medium build and light complexion.

He is 35 to 45 years old and weighs 175 to 200 pounds. The FBI said he was between 5 feet, 8 inches, and 6 feet tall.

He was last seen wearing a hat, sunglasses and a long-sleeved shirt.

The FBI said the man should be considered armed and dangerous.

Anyone with information about the identity of the suspect was asked to call the FBI’s Phoenix Field Office at 623-466-1999 or Silent Witness at 480-948-6377. Tips can also be submitted online.

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