FBI seek help in locating prolific North Carolina bank robber dubbed the 'Too Tall Bandit'

RALEIGH (WTVD) -- The FBI is seeking assistance in locating the "Too Tall Bandit" and are hoping to catch the robber before he strikes again.

Agents believe the same man has held-up at least 16 banks in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee since 2009 and they are offering a $15,000 reward for clues leading to his arrest.

His most recent bank robbery was last Friday in Etowah, near Pisgah National Forest in western North Carolina.

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Bank surveillance video shows his terrifying robberies. The robber often jumps over the bank counter wielding a black handgun.

Clues are limited because he is always heavily disguised, but agents know he walks with a limp affecting his right leg and he wore black Nikes in his most recent robbery.

The FBI believes he is a white man, about 40 years old, could be about 6 feet, 6 inches tall and weighs between 210 and 250 pounds.

The "Too Tall Bandit" struck twice in November after taking an apparent break since Jan. 2019.

Here is a list of his robberies over the past eleven years:

  • November 27, 2009, Volunteer State Bank, 2920 Highway 31 W, White House, TN


  • November 12, 2010, Sumner Bank & Trust, 780 Browns Lane, Gallatin, TN


  • November 09, 2012, SunTrust Bank, 731 Cool Springs Blvd, Franklin, TN


  • March 31, 2014, First Tennessee Bank, 11864 Kingston Pike, Farragut, TN


  • November 24, 2014, Tri-Summit Bank, 156 East Broadway Blvd, Jefferson City, TN


  • November 13, 2015, Home Federal Bank, 3671 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN


  • October 27, 2016, Capital Bank, 136 Concord Road, Knoxville, TN


  • November 25, 2016, First Citizens Bank, 104 Edgewood Street, Lyman, SC


  • November 16, 2016, Home Trust Bank, 140 Airport Road, Arden, NC


  • November 17, 2017, BB&T Bank, 263 East Broadway Blvd, Jefferson City, TN


  • November 24, 2017, Citizen's National Bank, 813 Huckleberry Lane, Knoxville, TN


  • October 26, 2018, BB&T Bank, 818 Church St, N. Concord, NC


  • December 21, 2018, BB&T Bank, 850 Merrimon Ave, Asheville, NC


  • January 04, 2019, SunTrust Bank, 731 Cool Springs Blvd, Franklin, TN


  • November 06, 2020, First Bank, 2 Market St, Brevard, NC


  • November 27, 2020, United Community Bank, 50 United Bank Dr, Etowah, NC


Anyone with information is asked to call 1-800-225-5324.
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