"Mullet bandit" robs another bank

CHICAGO Tue Jun 7, 2011 11:01am EDT

A surveillance image released by the FBI shows a man with a mullet and a Seattle Mariners cap at the Fifth Third Bank in Columbus Ohio on May 18, 2011. Reuters/FBI

A surveillance image released by the FBI shows a man with a mullet and a Seattle Mariners cap at the Fifth Third Bank in Columbus Ohio on May 18, 2011. Reuters/FBI

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CHICAGO (Reuters) - The man federal authorities have nicknamed the "Mullet Bandit" robbed another bank in Ohio on Monday, his fourth heist in the area over the past month.

A man matching the description of the suspect entered the First Service Federal Credit Union on Holt Road in Columbus and handed an employee a note saying he was robbing the bank, had a gun and wanted cash.

"As soon as employees saw the man enter the bank, they knew immediately that it was the 'Mullet Man,'" Harry Trombitas, a special agent with the FBI, told Reuters. "But by then it was too late."

Employees described the robber as a white male, approximately 30 years of age, 5'10", with a medium build and dark hair cut in the mullet style -- short upfront but long in the back.

As in previous holdups believed to be part of Mullet Bandit's spree, the suspect was wearing large dark sunglasses and a Seattle Mariners baseball cap and carrying a large black book bag.

A man matching that description is wanted in three previous holdups in the Columbus area on May 5, May 18 and May 27.

(Reporting by James B. Kelleher and Greg McCune)

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