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FBI: Sock Hat Bandit good for at least 9 bank robberies

(Source: FBI Louisville Division) (Source: FBI Louisville Division)
The "sock hat bandit" allegedly robbed an Anderson, Ind PNC Bank Wednesday (Source: Anderson, Ind. Police Department) The "sock hat bandit" allegedly robbed an Anderson, Ind PNC Bank Wednesday (Source: Anderson, Ind. Police Department)
Officials are looking into the possibility that this suspect, who robbed an Indiana bank on Wednesday, is the hat-less "Sock Hat Bandit" (Provided) Officials are looking into the possibility that this suspect, who robbed an Indiana bank on Wednesday, is the hat-less "Sock Hat Bandit" (Provided)
The suspects vehicle (Source: Anderson, Ind. Police Department) The suspects vehicle (Source: Anderson, Ind. Police Department)
ANDERSON, IN (FOX19) - The serial bank robbery who has become known as the 'Sock Hat Bandit' is accused of holding up 9 banks across Northern Kentucky and Central and Southern Ohio and in Indiana in the past two months, federal authorities announced Thursday.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is offering a $5,000 for information leading to the arrest of the man who wears a trademark sock hat. In his latest heist Wednesday, he robbed a PNC Bank in Anderson northeast of Indianapolis, which is about two hours from Cincinnati.

He also is suspected to have robbed other banks across the Midwest.

The FBI's Louisville office released the dates and locations of the offenses in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana alone:

  • April 11  Tipp City, Ohio
  • April 21 Oakwood, Ohio
  • May 1 Hilliard, Ohio
  • May 16 Green Township
  • May 22 Hebron
  • May 27 Cincinnati
  • June 1 Bellevue
  • June 6 Hamilton Township
  • June 10 Anderson, Indiana

Federal officials also are investigating whether the 'Sock Hat Bandit' robbed a 10th bank, Huntington Bank in Greenwood Springs, Indiana, on Wednesday. Greenwood Springs is about 53 miles away from Anderson, Indiana. 

The suspect was not wearing a sock hat, but surveillance images released of the man show he resembles the 'Sock Hat Bandit.'

“We are looking into the possibility that this is the serial bank robber that has hit Northern Kentucky and Ohio,” said FBI Special Agent Wendy Osborne.


[Related: Police offers $5,000 reward for information on the 'sock hat bandit']

The suspect is white, clean shaven, between the ages of 35 to 45 and of average height and weight. 

He has worn a sock hat in seven robberies and glasses in five. In one case, he was last seen in a small, maroon. four -door car. 

In each case, he has presented a note demanding cash and claimed to have a gun. No weapon has been seen, however.

In Wednesday's Anderson robbery, he wore a multi-color toboggan, blue button-down, long sleeve shirt, glasses and jean shorts.

No one has been hurt during the robberies, but authorities say the suspect should be considered armed and dangerous.

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