BREAKING NEWS! The FBI says it has arrested a man they believe to be the SHAKY BANDIT. 22-year-old Brandon Venditti was taken into custody following the pursuit of a vehicle wanted in connection to a Naples bank robbery on Tuesday.
Florida Highway Patrol and FBI agents spotted the possible getaway vehicle, and the driver refused to pull over. The car eventually crashed and Venditti surrendered. Another person in the car was also arrested.
Venditti is wanted in connection to about a dozen robberies in South Florida.
The costume-loving bank robber the FBI has dubbed, The Shaky Bandit has apparently struck two more banks in Palm City and Port St. Lucie.
The Chase bank branch at 1201 SE Port St. Lucie Blvd., Port St. Lucie was robbed at 4:54 p.m. on Monday. Minutes later, the Wells Fargo bank at 2801 SW High Meadows in Palm City was held-up at 5:38 p.m. Both heists are suspected to be the work of The Shaky Bandit.
The FBI, who has been connecting the cases, says they named the suspect due to his shaking during the hold-ups.
According to video and witnesses, the young, slim man with wavy light brown or blonde hair, walks into the banks and demands money from the tellers. While he has said he is armed, no weapons have been seen, but officials are taking him at his word and considering him armed.
Investigators believe this same man is connected to at least 9 more bank robberies in South Florida, including banks in Boynton Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Oakland Park, Wilton Manors, Margate, and Jupiter.
During the robberies, customers have been in the banks.
The suspect has a tendency to dress in various costumes – a hunter with a camouflage hat, a construction worker in an orange vest, or a surgeon wearing blue scrubs and head covering.
The FBI asks that if you have any information about the suspect’s identity or the bank robberies to call 754-703-2000. *See UPDATE above
Here is our previous article about The 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.