Have you seen these suspects?
Updated July 1, 2014
Be on the lookout for the individuals pictured in our collection of bank robbery suspect photos from banks robbed in the last month.
Print out and post the pics, or circulate them to your frontline staff. See the latest additions to the ROGUE'S GALLERY OF UNKNOWN ROBBERY SUSPECTS.
One Indecisive and the Other Too Consistent
Fickle fan - Robert Adams had varied interests and hobbies – robbing banks being one of them. The 31-year-old is accused of allegedly robbing eight banks, mostly supermarket branches, during March and April. Adams was also a sports fan, albeit a fickle one. Surveillance photos of his heists show Adams wearing ball caps from different sports teams, earning him the nickname "Rabid Fan Bandit" from the FBI. It seems Adams also had another hobby. He coached a bank robbery gang known as the "Buddy Bandits" (because they held up banks in pairs). That group of young men, ranging in age from the teens to the thirties, went on to rob eight more banks during the same time period and in the same region as Adams' heists. In those robberies, Adams provided his services as the getaway driver for the Buddy Bandits. The alleged thieves have been charged with at least one count of first-degree robbery.
New name, same note - Valeria Parziale, 34, might have made it difficult for authorities to track her down after she escaped from a halfway house in 2009 and adopted sixteen different aliases. But when Parziale robbed a bank in Harrison, NJ in January she left behind a demand note that read "Don't BE stupid! Put $3,000 in the envelope 50/100's I got a gun! Hurry up." When two banks in Newark, NJ were robbed by a woman who handed tellers a note that also said "Don't be stupid!" and "I have a gun" authorities took a look at Parziale. When they arrested her, they found a wig, sunglasses and a note that was nearly identical to the notes used in the other robberies.
Inside Job, Still Recognizable, Starring on YouTube
Teller-assisted robbery... At 19, Calia Kane was a bank robber...at the age of 20, she'll likely be just another inmate. Kane and three of her "friends," who were all from Philadelphia, conspired to rob the Wells Fargo branch where Kane worked in Bala Cynwyd, PA on November 4, 2013. Kane gave the go-ahead signal for her co-conspirators to pull the heist, during which more than $81,000 was taken. Then on November 12th, Kane cased another Wells Fargo branch in Phoenixville and also provided the signal to go for that robbery, which netted the thieves $70,000. The four were ultimately apprehended and charged with conspiracy to commit armed bank robbery, armed bank robbery, carrying and using a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence, and aiding and abetting. The minimum sentence is 32 years with a maximum of life in prison. That's in addition to the $1,250,000 fine that could also be imposed. Kane and her friends might want to consider an alternative career path when they get out.
Altered appearance fail... On April 10, 2014, when the Huntington Bank in Ludlow, KY, was robbed, police were able to positively identify 26-year-old Matthew Wolfinbarger with a good description from bank employees and clear surveillance footage. Identifying marks included tattoos on his back, arm and behind the ear. When Wolfinbarger was arrested three weeks later during a traffic stop the driver was wanted on an unrelated charge, Wolfinbarger had attempted to alter his appearance by having two tattoos added to his face as well as a third on his neck.
The change up... Nathan Reed had his bank heist plan all figured out: dress in layers, take just a little money in the robbery, head somewhere to shed the identifying clothes, and move on as though nothing happened. It all went pretty much according to plan on Monday, April 28th when Reed approached a Fifth Third teller in Chicago, handed her a note and said "I'm holding you up." The teller didn't take time to read the entire note, but did take note that it said $400 or $500 on it, and decided to give him $1,700 instead. He took the money – and the undetected GPS tracker in it – and left. Police tracked him to a Dunkin' Donuts shop nearby, where video showed him discarding some of the clothing he was wearing and the messenger bag he had carried. Naturally he kept the cash and moved on. Knowing what he looked like, what he is was wearing, and still tracking the GPS he was carrying, police quickly caught up with him. When they did, they asked him about the bulge in his pocket, to which he replied that it was money and as far as he knew it wasn't illegal to have money. The $1,660 that was still in his possession, along with the tracker, was wrapped in a Fifth Third band. Reed later confessed and said he robbed the bank on the spur of the moment. He will have more than a few moments to rethink his spontaneity in the future.
Social media assistance... Law enforcement agencies are increasingly using social media in their pursuit of justice. On April 24th two men robbed the Conestoga Bank in Cheltenham Township, PA. The Cheltenham Police Department was able to get basic descriptions of the robbers but need help tracking these guys down. They have released a YouTube video of the suspects. With some luck, someone will see the video and help identify the robbers.
Hot Topics From the Threads
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April brought heavy CrimeDex Alert showers
Subscribers to BOL CrimeDex received heavy April showers of fraud and crime alerts. The month started with an alert describing suspects who have successfully cashed $410,000 in $2,500 fraudulent checks since 2009 in California. Close on its heels was an alert on two cases of elder financial abuse from a California police department. Each of those cases involved victims who were told that the suspects had just won hundreds of thousands of dollars, and the victims were then somehow convinced to withdraw funds from their personal accounts. Just to add insult to injury, while the victims were in the bank to make those withdrawals, the suspects stole their cars! A Dallas, Texas bank posted an alert on counterfeit checks that were circulating across the country in connection with an online employment scheme using unwitting victims to deposit the worthless checks ($4400 each) into ATMs, and wire out most of the funds (to the crooks), and retain the balance, all allegedly to "evaluate the effectiveness of the ATM and Western Union services." And a husband and wife team was featured as suspects in a check kiting scheme involving accounts at two Illinois banks. The banks lost a total of about $17,000 before the accounts were closed, and area police suspect the couple has opened accounts in other area banks.
Each month's BOL CrimeDex alerts can provide your financial institution with fresh examples of crimes that can be used to bring reality to security training presentations.
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Robbery Deterrent Signs
Asking customers to remove hats, hoods and sunglasses could help reduce the number of bandits who target your bank. If you don't have a sign asking customers to remove their hats and sunglasses, get one now from the Banker Store
Remind would-be criminals coming in to your institution that they're likely to have their image captured on your surveillance cameras -- and that crimes against your institution are investigable by the FBI. These "print-it-yourself" signs from BOL provide another tool for deterring robbers.
Bank Robbery, International Style
Bank robberies, regardless of where perpetrated, always rely on intimidation and threats. Guru Barry Thompson's article reveals some astounding differences between bank robbery methods and responses between the U.S. and Japan. Read Bank Robbery Response
Reward Program Pays Off
Since 1991, Wells Fargo's robbery reward program has resulted in the capture of 228 robbery suspects with an average cost of $3,294 per captured robber. What a bargain!
Reward Program Pays Off
Employee Conduct During and After a Robbery
Quick lists that make great hand-outs for your robbery training.
-- During a Robbery
-- Don't Be a Hero
-- After the Robbery - Do
-- After the Robbery - Don't
-- Dealing with the Media
-- Closed Sign
Detailed, comprehensive procedures from Guru Dana Turner
-- for Management
-- for Staff Personnel
Dealing with the Aftermath
After a robbery or other critical incident, affected employees may experience a wide range of physical and emotional symptoms. These resources, from Lawrence Brock, can help the employees understand what they are experiencing, and can help employees not directly affected know what to say and how to listen.
-- Specific Ways to Cope with Stress
-- Tips for Listening
-- Signs of Grief/Loss
-- Avoiding Secondary Wounding
-- How to help
Robbery Prevention, Response & Aftermath
Robbery Prevention - NO HATS Signage
Bank Security Program Policy - approximately 15 page template covering topics ranging from Key and Combination Control to Cash Shipments and Requirements, Bank Robberies and more.
Security Program Manual
Complete, model security program from Dana Turner created in template form, with policies and procedures from both security and operations functions. Coverage includes all functions, department, facilities and record and asset control. Addresses routine operations techniques and the three types of internal and external crimes.
Effective Robbery Response & Opening Procedures (DVD)
From Bankers Video Library.
No one wants to think robbery can happen. But it can -- and does.
In the event of a robbery, getting the robber out the door, with no harm or injury to anyone in the office, should be everyone's aim and purpose.
This video, used along with the accompanying training workbook, (and documentation), can provide your institution with the robbery response training mandated by the Bank Protection Act.
Workplace Violence: It can happen to you - training video
From Bankers Video Library.
Surviving a violent event requires both individual and team efforts. Learning simple, effective survival techniques could save your life-and the lives of your co-workers and your customers. This tape, used along with the accompanying training workbook, (and documented), can provide your institution with the robbery response training required by the Bank Protection Act.
How Observant Are You?|
Test your observation skills (and your reflexes!) with these two original games from BankersOnline.com.
- Face Memory Challenge - Look at a face. Try to memorize each feature. Click a button. The face is gone and you must rebuild it, piece by piece. Test your skills in our Face Memory Challenge!
- Picture Memory - Get your clicking finger ready and snap into maximum concentration mode as you prepare to play Picture Memory. Warning! It's addictive!