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FBI conducting manhunt for serial bank robber who hit two Raleigh banks

A heavyset man who police think robbed two banks in Raleigh since August is now a suspect in bank robberies in Greensboro and Tennessee, too.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is asking for the public’s help in finding the man who it considers a serial bank robber. The latest heist happened Friday at a Home Federal Bank in Knoxville, Tenn., according to FBI spokeswoman Shelley Lynch in Charlotte.

Investigators also think the man is responsible for robberies of: a New Bridge Bank in Greensboro on Feb. 18; a First Citizens Bank on Falls of Neuse Road in Raleigh on Feb. 12; and a First Citizens Bank in the Brier Creek area of Raleigh on Aug. 11, Lynch reported.

The FBI did not disclose how the man pulled off the two recent robberies. Raleigh police said last month that in both local robberies the man handed a note to a teller and fled after the teller complied with his demands. He did not show a weapon.

During the first robbery last August, the man walked into the bank with a cane and his arm in a sling, police said, and wore a Washington National’s jersey and a National’s ball cap.

Federal investigators say the man has used a variety of vehicles, with stolen plates, while committing the robberies. Lynch said the vehicle used in the Knoxville robbery was described as a black or dark blue 2015 Toyota Camry, and that he may have used a black Chevrolet Trailblazer during the February robberies.

FBI agents described the suspect as a white man in his mid-40’s, who stands about 6 feet 2 inches to 6 feet 3 inches tall and has a mole on his right cheek. They ask anyone with information about the robberies to call the Knoxville FBI at 865-544-0751 or the Charlotte FBI at 704-672-6100.

Thomasi McDonald: 919-829-4533, @tmcdona75589225

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