With a new bank robbery app, you can help the Federal Bureau of Investigation catch the most violent and prolific serial robbers. In Colorado last year, robbers held up 89 banks.
The bureau has created a new Bank Robbers app for iPhones, iPhones (plus iPads and iPods) and Android smartphones. The app makes it easy for the public—as well as financial institutions, law enforcement agencies, and others—to view photos and information about bank robberies in different geographic areas of the country. The app, which works with BankRobbers.fbi.gov, can be downloaded for free from Apple’s app store or Google Play.
“Our new bank robbers mobile app is another tool we can use to help mitigate…suspects who pose the greatest safety threats to the public,” said Gregory Adams, FBI Violent Crimes Unit.
Using the app, bank robberies can be sorted by the date they occurred, the category they fall under (i.e., armed serial bank robber), the FBI field office working the case, or the state where the robbery occurred. If the location services on your device are enabled, you can view a map that shows the relevant bank robberies that took place in your geographic area. You also access surveillance photos, physical description information, robbery details, and the FBI’s wanted poster for each suspect. Users can also select push notifications to be informed when a bank robbery has taken place near their location.
The app also provides quick access to a link directly to the FBI online tips page so users can contact us immediately if they have information on any of the robberies or suspects.
Some of the unknown bank robbers currently being sought by the FBI include:
- A suspect wearing a motorcycle helmet for a disguise, is wanted for threatening bank tellers and getting away with cash at the US Bank in Denver, Colorado on August 30, 2016. (pictured)
- Another suspect, wanted in connection with 11 bank robberies in Pennsylvania, either carried or wore a semi-automatic handgun while verbally demanding money.
- In California, a suspect who reportedly wears various disguises has committed four robberies at California banks while displaying a handgun.
- And in Phoenix, this subject entered a bank, pushed an elderly woman out of his way, and pointed a handgun at bank employees and customers demanding money.
According to the FBI’s bank crime statistics for 2015, there were 4,091 robberies, burglaries, and larcenies committed under the federal bank robbery statute in a variety of financial institutions—including commercial banks, savings and loan associations, credit unions, and armored carrier companies. Demand notes were a favorite tool used by bank robbers (2,416 times), but actual firearms were used 877 times, the threat of weapons was used 1,762 times, and explosive devices used or threatened occurred 108 times.
Provided by Deborah Sherman, FBI Denver Division