Crime of the Week: "Boomerang" Bandit Targets Arizona Banks

Crime of the Week:

POSTED: Saturday, February 20, 2010 - 9:03am

UPDATED: Saturday, February 20, 2010 - 9:12am

EL PASO--- The "Boomerang" Bandit now has a new name: "Chameleon" Bandit. This, after Arizona FBI agents say he allegedly robbed five other banks in Tucson.

"The unknown male enters the bank, approaches the teller counter and presents a demand note," reads a news release from the Phoenix FBI office. "In the last two robberies the unknown male threatened he had a gun via the demand note. The unknown male received an undisclosed amount of money before exiting the bank."

You may remember, the unknown man targeted the 1st Federal Bank on 7015 N. Mesa in El Paso Jan. 12.  "Upon reviewing surveillance video, FBI agents determined that the subject had walked around the parking lot for some time, and had entered the bank prior to the robbery," said agents with Crimestoppers El Paso. This is where he got the name "Boomerang" Bandit from FBI agents in El Paso.

The following week, another El Paso man was arrested in the case, but was released after the actual robber targeted another bank while the arrested was still in custody.


This is a picture of the robbery at the United Bank of El Paso, 9801 Gateway West, on Jan. 21.

Apparently, the El Paso robberies were just a break from a string of robberies in Tucson, Ariz.

On Dec. 30, the same man robbed the Wells Fargo Bank on 2150 W. Grant Road in Tucson. Here, he is seen wearing a beanie cap with "Colorado" on the front label.

Then Jan. 8, FBI agents believe the same man robbed the Bank of the West on 3775 W. Orange Grove Rd. in Tucson. FBI agents in Arizona have deemed him the "Chameleon" Bandit because he is constantly changing his look and clothing to remain inconspicuous. Here, he is no longer wearing glasses or a beanie cap and has shaved his goatee.

After the El Paso robberies, agents say the man returned to Tucson for three more targets:

• 01/22/10, Compass Bank, 6393 E. Speedway Blvd., Tucson, AZ
• 02/06/10, Compass Bank, 7000 N. Oracle Road, Tucson, AZ.
• 02/10/10, First Credit Union, 2840 W. Ina Road, Tucson, AZ.

"The subject is described as an Hispanic male in his late 30’s, approximately 5’3” to 5’6” tall, medium build, with a shaved head, and wearing prescription glasses. The subject spoke English and was reported to have a strong body odor," read the Crimestoppers El Paso news release.

Crimestoppers El Paso is asking the public if they should have any information on his whereabouts or car, to contact them at 566-TIPS (566-8477) or on-line at

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