‘Pug bandit’ wanted in 3 bank robberies

Surveillance video of the "Pug Bandit," from a bank robbery on May 13, 2013 at the Columbia State Bank on Southeast Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. The man is suspected in two other bank robberies dating back to September of 2011. (Portland Police Bureau)
Surveillance video of the "Pug Bandit," from a bank robbery on May 13, 2013 at the Columbia State Bank on Southeast Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. The man is suspected in two other bank robberies dating back to September of 2011. (Portland Police Bureau)

(KOIN) – A man nicknamed the “Pug Bandit” is believed to be responsible for three Southeast Portland bank robberies dating back to 2011.

The Portland Police Bureau (PPB) reports that the first two robberies occurred on Sept. 16, 2011, and Sept. 22, 2011. The latest occurred on May 13 of this year.

The Sept. 16, 2011, robbery occurred at a U.S. Bank branch at 636 SE Grand Ave. In that incident, the suspect demanded money and left behind an item he claimed was a bomb. The Metro Explosives Disposal Unit later determined it was harmless.

The Sept. 22, 2011, robbery occurred at a West Coast Bank located at 1234 SE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. According to PPB, the man presented a demand note that claimed he had a bomb, although no suspicious device was left behind when he fled.

On May 13, a man entered the Columbia State Bank, located at 1234 SE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., presented a demand note and escaped with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Surveillance photos of the suspect have been released. He is described as 45 to 55 years of age, between 5-foot-6 and 5-foot-8, with a thin to medium build.

The Oregon Financial Institutions Security Taskforce (FIST) is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to an arrest, while Crime Stoppers is also offering a reward of up to $1,000. Anyone with information can call Crime Stoppers at 503-823-HELP, or leave a tip online at crimestoppersoforegon.com.

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