FBI launches site to help catch bank robbers

FBI launches site to help catch bank robbers

FBI launches site to help catch bank robbers

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by WCNC.com Staff

WCNC.com

Posted on December 18, 2012 at 11:39 AM

Updated Tuesday, Dec 18 at 11:40 AM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Federal Bureau of Investigation has launched a website to help it track down suspects in unsolved bank robberies.

The new site features a gallery of unknown suspects and a map function that plots robbery locations.

Users can search by name, location, or other factors. Search results deliver a Wanted by the FBI poster that contains more images, a suspect’s full description, and a brief narrative of the crime.
     
Search results deliver a Wanted by the FBI poster that contains a brief narrative of the crime.   

“This website is an operational tool that will help law enforcement identify and prosecute bank robbers more quickly, with the public’s help,” says Jason DiJoseph, who runs the FBI’s bank robbery program at FBI Headquarters. “The idea is to make it easier for the public to recognize and turn in potential suspects and to draw connections between robberies in different cities and states.”

Users of the new website can filter searches of serial and non-serial bank robbers. Following are some examples of serial cases:

•The AK-47 Bandit is sought in California, Idaho, and Washington for multiple bank robberies. The suspect often wears tactical gear and is armed with an AK-47-style assault rifle.

•A white male, aged 30-40, is wanted in Washington in connection with five armed bank robberies in the Seattle area since September.

•Two black males, believed to be in their 20s, are wanted in Virginia in connection with four armed bank robberies in March and April.
 

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