Local robbery suspect sought nationwide

Surveillance photo of the robbery suspect

A man suspected of robbing a bank in downtown Syracuse in September is wanted for a string of robberies across the country, according to Syracuse Police and the FBI.

On Wednesday, The Syracuse Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation held a news conference and released additional information about a robbery of the Solvay Bank on South Warren Street. Officials say that a man who robbed the bank in the State Tower Building on September 22 is believed to be responsible for eight other robberies in the United States, including:

April 10, 2009 - Houston, TexasApril 29, 2009 - Atlanta, GeorgiaMay 29, 2009 - Roanoke, VirginiaJuly 3, 2009 - Little Rock, ArkansasJuly 24, 2009 - Dallas, TexasAugust 21, 2009 - Birmingham, AlabamaSeptember 22, 2009 - Syracuse, New YorkOctober 2, 2009 - Atlanta, GeorgiaOctober 16, 2009 - Tallahassee, Florida

According to police, the Solvay Bank robbery suspect, nicknamed the Grandpa Bandit by the television show America TMs Most Wanted, is a 50 to 60 year old white male, heavyset, and balding. He made off with what officials say is a "significant amount" of cash. They say that no weapon was displayed during the robbery and no one was injured.

"The M.O. is a pretty standard one, where a note is passed making demands, specific demands are made and the teller complies. The person is usually in and out with less than a minute, minute and a half on all these robberies," said Fred Bragg, FBI special agent.

The FBI is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the so-called "Grandpa Bandit".

Police say that they are continuing to investigate the robberies. Anyone with any information on the local theft is asked to contact the Syracuse Police Department TMs Criminal Investigations Division at 315-442-5222 or the Syracuse office of the FBI at 315-422-0141.