A bank robber has hit at least nine banks, making off with more than $400,000.
On September 19 th , 1987, a well-dressed man entered a bank in Spokane, Washington, pulled a gun on a teller, and announced he was holding up the bank. He showed the terrified bank employees a police scanner, and claimed that he would know if they tried to alert the police. The robber ordered everyone into the vault, then followed them in. He forced a teller to empty the cash drawers until she had turned over $100,000. When he fled, he left no fingerprints, and even managed to avoid being photographed.
Almost a year later, the same bandit stole $14,000 from another Spokane bank. According to FBI Agent Steven L. Pomerantz, this time, he got an unexpected surprise:
After another robbery three months later, bank employees were able to create composites of the bandit. However, the sketches were no substitute for photographs. Amazingly, the robber had managed to avoid all of the cameras in all of the banks. But, early the next summer, his luck changed. This time, frightened but quick-thinking bank tellers took a chance. One of the tellers asked that we conceal her identity:
Not only was the silent alarm activated, but the bank’s surveillance camera was also triggered. For the first time, the robber was caught on film. Agent Pomerantz said it was the break they were hoping for:
The Cowboy Bandit remains at large.