November 22 2016

Reward Offered for Information on 'Spelling Bee Bandit' Who Robbed Burlington Bank

By: Rich Hosford



They are calling him the “Spelling Bee Bandit” and there is an award for information leading to his arrest.


The FBI office in Boston has put out a “wanted” notice for a man wanted in connection to four bank robberies, including the November 7th robbery of the Salem Five Bank on Cambridge Street in Burlington.


The notice states that on Sunday, November 13, at approximately 1:00 p.m., the TD Bank located at 79 Lynnfield Street, Peabody, Massachusetts, was robbed by an unknown male.


“The same individual is believed to be responsible for three similar robberies over a two-week period in the Massachusetts towns of Arlington, Reading, and Burlington,” the FBI says.


The reason for the nickname is that in every case, the suspect puts on sunglasses after entering the bank, writes "Robery" [sic] on the back of a withdrawal slip, and passes the demand note to the teller, the FBI says. The suspect has become more aggressive with the tellers in each subsequent robbery.


The man is described as somewhere between 5'11" to 6'2" in height and weighing about 160 pounds with a slim build. He has white skin and dark hair and a short beard. Authorities estimate he is in his 30s or 40s. He also has a local accent.


The MassMostWanted Tip Program, a non-governmental organization, is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to the identification and arrest of this individual. The FBI has no involvement in the administration of this reward or any of its governing terms or conditions.


Anyone with information concerning these robberies should call the FBI Boston Division's Violent Crimes Task Force at 1-857-386-2000. You can also submit to the FBI tips page.


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