Chedda Bandit robs 4 banks in Peoria, Phoenix within 15 days

The FBI seeks help identifying a suspect known as the Chedda Bandit after robberies in Peoria and Phoenix. [Submitted photo]

The FBI is looking to identify and arrest a bank robber dubbed the “Chedda Bandit” after four robberies, including two in Peoria.

According to a release, a male suspect entered the BBVA Compass Bank, 75th Avenue and Thunderbird Road, on Monday. The suspect wrote a demand note at the deposit slip counter and approached the teller.

The suspect gave the note to the teller, who provided an undisclosed amount of money. After obtaining the money, the suspect fled from the bank.

He is described as a white male between 30 and 40, about 5 feet 10 inches tall with a medium build and brown hair. He was seen wearing a white fedora-style hat with a black ribbon around it, black sunglasses, a long-sleeved black dress shirt, blue jeans, a black and red hat, and a red beanie. He was also moving his right hand/wrist as if he has a nervous twitch.

MidFirst Bank was targeted at three separate locations, one in Peoria at 75th Avenue and Cactus Road. The other two were in Phoenix, one at 7th Street and Thunderbird Road, the other at 7th Street and Bell Road. All banks involved were robbed between May 22 and June 4.

Midfirst Bank is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the identification, arrest, and conviction of the person(s) responsible for the robberies.

Call the FBI Phoenix Field Office at 623-466-1999 or Silent Witness (480-948-6377) with tips.

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