Reward offered for ‘Back Fence Bandit’

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Officials with the Federal Bureau of Investigation are increasing the amount of an award being offered for information on the “Back Fence Bandit.”

The “Back Fence Bandit” is believed to be responsible for four Oklahoma City bank robberies in the last six months.

The Bank of Oklahoma and the Oklahoma Bankers Association are offering a combined reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest of the person responsible for the crimes.

In the past, the suspect has worn a different disguise in each of the robberies.

Authorities say they have dubbed him the “Back Fence Bandit” because his escape usually involves scaling a fence behind the bank into a gated complex.

On May 13, the suspect wore a surgical cap, sunglasses and makeup while robbing the Bank of Oklahoma branch, located at 11300 N. May Ave.

On July 15, the suspect wore a fake beard, dreadlocks, a straw hat and sunglasses while robbing the same bank. This time, he showed a semi-automatic pistol to the teller.

On Sept. 27, the subject wore an orange construction safety vest, orange head covering, skull face mask and skeleton hand gloves while robbing the Bank of Oklahoma branch, located at 2601 N. Meridian Ave.

Last Friday, the man robbed the branch on May Ave. for the third time. In this robbery, the suspect wore an old man mask and a gray and while cap. He showed a silver semi-automatic pistol with a black handle in this robbery.

The “Back Fence Bandit” is described as a black man with a heavy build, weighing 250 to 300 pounds and standing 5’10” tall to 6’2″ tall.

He is believed to be in his 20’s or 30’s.

While no one has been injured, the man is considered armed and dangerous.

If you have any information on the crimes, call the FBI at (405) 290-7770.

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