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Another Lazy Bank Robber; Nickname Needed

Fortunately, they're enabled by very lazy bank tellers. Just when we finally nab the withdrawal bandit, South Florida has a new and even more complacent serial thief, who has yet to be formally nicknamed. Above, that's him from his Halloween heist. We'll work on that nickname after the jump. This is from the BSO release:

Broward Sheriff's Office detectives are looking for a brash bank robber who hit the same bank so often that the tellers recognized him when he showed up Saturday afternoon to rob them for a third time.

"It's him again," one beleaguered bank employee said when the portly, dread-locked thief sauntered into the lobby of a Bank Atlantic on Commercial Boulevard in Tamarac.

The same man stole money from the bank on February 1 and June 25. Detectives have released surveillance photos taken as the robbery cased the bank January 23 and during Saturday's robbery.

On Saturday, he wore black pants, a black T-shirt, black gloves with a red stripe and a black hat with red and yellow stripes. Carrying a white, plastic grocery bag, he ordered two tellers to put money in the bag before walking casually out of the bank. Once outside, employees saw him run northbound through the parking lot.

Anyone with information about this robbery can contact BSO Robbery Detective Matthew Marks at 954-321-4270 or report it anonymously to Crime Stoppers of Broward County at 954-493-TIPS or online at

The headline of the release credits the thief with scoring a "hat trick," which works on two levels -- because he wears a hat and because he knocked off three banks. A great name. One problem: When he hits a fourth bank, that name's ruined. We've also got "portly," "dread-locked," and lots of stripes. "Red Stripe Bandit"? "Rasta Thief"?

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Thomas Francis

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