Crime & Courts

FBI, police in Carolinas seek ‘striped hoodie bandit’

The Charlotte office of the FBI and several Carolinas police departments say they are looking for a robber dubbed the “Striped Hoodie Bandit.”

The man suspected of being involved in at least four robberies over the past month was wearing a striped hooded sweatshirt while committing the crimes, according to law enforcement authorities.

The most recent case was Tuesday, when the man robbed a Sun Trust bank branch in Huntersville. No injuries were reported.

The suspect is described as a white male, more than 6 feet tall and thin with a light beard. He wears glasses and appears to have a bandage on the left side of his neck. FBI officials said they are not sure if the bandage is designed to cover a tattoo or if it is covering a wound.

In each robbery, authorities said, the suspect wore the same clothes – blue jeans, white T-shirt, gray-and-white striped hoodie jacket, camouflage ball cap and dark tennis shoes. He carried a black revolver in each case.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the FBI at 704-672-6100 or Huntersville police, 704-464-5400.

The suspect is thought to have been involved in these robberies:

• Oct. 23 – Rushco Convenience Store, 1701 Cotton Grove Road, Lexington, N.C.

• Oct. 27 – Bank of America, 115 W. Fairfield Road, High Point.

• Nov. 5 – First Bank, 1427 N. Fayetteville St., Asheboro.

• Tuesday – Sun Trust Bank, 9617 Holly Point Drive, Huntersville.

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