May 26, 2011 / 12:17 AM / 9 years ago

FBI says "mullet bandit" holds up another bank

CHICAGO (Reuters) - The Ohio bank robber dubbed the “mullet bandit” by federal authorities appears to have struck again.

The latest heist took place on Wednesday morning at a Key Bank branch on Stringtown Road in Grove City, Ohio.

The FBI said a man matching the physical description of the mullet-wearing suspect sought in two previous holdups walked into the bank and handed a teller a note, saying he was robbing the bank, had a gun, and would hurt the teller if she did not cooperate.

The robber was dressed in the mullet bandit’s garb, including Seattle Mariners baseball cap and large dark sunglasses.

Initial surveillance photos suggested he had shed his distinctive hairdo to evade detection, swapping out his mullet — a style popular in the 1980s that is short on the top, tight on the sides and long in the back — for something more up to date.

But subsequent images revealed the suspect had merely tucked his mullet up underneath his baseball cap.

“Tricky guy,” said Harry Trombitas, the FBI agent tracking him.

The suspect is described as a white male, in his late 30’s, about 6 feet tall, with a medium build, a scruffy appearance and dark hair cut in a mullet.

He is wanted in connection with the two previous bank robberies in Columbus on May 18 and May 5.

Reporting by James B. Kelleher; Editing by Greg McCune

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