'Serial Bank Robber' May Have Struck Again, FBI Says
A man believed to be responsible for several bank robberies around Oakland County, including one in Berkley, is suspected of robbing an Independent Bank in Beverly Hills on Tuesday.
Authorities believe a serial bank robber hitting up banks around Oakland County, including on Jan. 28 in Berkley, may be responsible for the Tuesday robbery of a Beverly Hills bank.
According to WXYZ, a man robbed the Independent Bank in Beverly Hills — located just south of 14 Mile on Southfield — on Tuesday morning.
Contrary to other media reports, it was the only robbery Tuesday in which the man is a suspect, Federal Bureau of Investigation Public Affairs Specialist Simon Shaykhet said Thursday.
The suspect wore a black coat, pants and a ski mask during the Tuesday robbery, along with a shirt and tie under his coat, according to authorities.
The FBI believes the man may have been involved in the following robberies during the past three months:
- Dec. 18: 7-Eleven, 815 W. 11 Mile Road in Madison Heights
- Dec. 20: PNC Bank, 28841 John R in Madison Heights
- Dec. 26: PNC Bank, 225 S. Main in Royal Oak
- Jan. 15: Charter One, 200 S. Main St. in Royal Oak
- Jan.28: Charter One, 27897 Woodward Ave. in Berkley
- Feb. 8: Comerica Bank at 1712 W. Maple in Birmingham
- Feb 22: Citizen's Bank, 800 S. Main St. in Royal Oak
The FBI is offering a $2,500 cash reward for information leading to the man's arrest and conviction.
The suspect is described as male between 5-feet 8-inches and 6-feet tall with a medium build, the FBI said. During the Berkley robbery, he was dressed all in black and wore a mask that obscured most of his face, Berkley Public Safety Deputy Director Robert North said.
Contact the FBI at 313-965-2323, Crime Stoppers at 800-SPEAKUP (800-773-2587), the Berkley Public Safety Department at 248-658-3380, the Royal Oak Police Department at 248-246-3500 or your local police department if you have information to report.