Costume-wearing Bandit wanted in eight South Florida bank robberies

Shaky Bandit

He’s not dressing up for Halloween. A quick-changing, costumed bank robbery suspect is using disguises in attempt to thwart authorities. The bandit is wanted by the FBI in connection to at least eight South Florida bank robberies.

Surveillance cameras have captured the robber dressed in light blue scrubs, in a hunter’s flannel shirt and camouflage cap, a construction worker’s orange vest, and occasionally he’s wearing street clothes and a baseball hat.

The FBI has placed the costume-loving bandit on its wanted list. They’ve even given him a nickname: “The Shaky Bandit”. “He tends to shake while he is robbing the banks,” Special Agent Michael Leverock said Wednesday. “His reason for shaking is unknown.”

Since late September, the slim man with wavy blonde or light brown hair has robbed eight banks in Palm Beach and Broward counties, authorities said.

Leverock warned that the suspect may be armed. He added, “He has threatened violence to the bank employees.”

According to the FBI, the suspect has implied that he has a weapon during holdups, but none have been shown in robbery photographs released by authorities.

The FBI is treating the suspect as if he’s armed. Leverock said, “We’re gonna take his word for it.” So far, the suspect has passed notes to tellers and no one has been hurt.

The FBI won’t say how much money was stolen.

Here are the banks “The Shaky Bandit” has robbed, according to the FBI:

  • Sept. 27, 11:22 a.m., Citibank, 3101 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale.
  • Oct. 1, 2:45 p.m., TD Bank, 665 NW 62nd St., Fort Lauderdale.
  • Oct. 3, 5:11 p.m., Chase, 555 N. Congress Ave., Boynton Beach.
  • Oct. 4, 5:18 p.m., Wells Fargo, 400 N. State Road 7, Margate.
  • Oct. 6, 4:45 p.m., PNC, 999 E. Commercial Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. At 5:56 p.m., the FBI says he held up another PNC branch, at 4560 Lyons Rd. in Coconut Creek.
  • Oct. 9, 2:21 p.m., Wells Fargo, 2525 N. Dixie Highway, Wilton Manors.
  • Oct. 10, 2:45 p.m., Chase, 2425 W. Indiantown Rd., Jupiter. Jupiter police say he left without getting any cash, and may have been driven away in a silver Mazda3 hatchback.

Crime Stoppers of both Palm Beach and Broward Counties are asking for information.(Photo: Palm Beach County Crime Stoppers)

To share information about the Jupiter and Boynton Beach robberies, call the FBI or Crime Stoppers of Palm Beach County, at 800-458-8477 or Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-8477.

County Crime Stoppers accepts anonymous tips and pays up to $3,000 for information that leads to an arrest.

Anyone with information about the suspect or these incidents can call 754-703-2000.


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