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FBI joins in search for 'Eyes Only Bandit'

Posted May 6, 2014

A masked man is believed to be responsible for four bank robberies in Wake and Franklin counties since December.
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— The FBI said Tuesday that has joined local law enforcement investigating four recent bank robberies in Wake and Franklin counties.

The same man is believed to have robbed PNC Bank branches at 300 N. Arendell Ave. in Zebulon on Dec. 16 and 102 E. Branch St. in Spring Hope on Jan. 10 and the First Citizens Bank branch at 101 N. Main St. in Franklinton on Feb. 26 and March 13.

In each robbery, the man wore a hooded jacket and gloves and covered his face with a mask. Only his eyes were visible, earning him the nickname the “Eyes Only Bandit.” He displayed a small black semi-automatic weapon during two of the robberies.

The robber is described as a light-skinned black man, approximately 20 to 35 years old, 5 feet 8 inches to 5 feet 10 inches tall with a medium build.

The Raleigh-Durham FBI Safe Streets Task Force, the Franklinton Police Department, the Zebulon Police Department and the Spring Hope Police Department are investigating the robberies. Anyone with information to identify the robber is asked to call the FBI at 704-672-6100 or East Wake Crime Stoppers 919-366-2746.


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  • VickLo May 6, 2014

    Keep an eye out for this guy!

  • disgusted2010 May 6, 2014

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    Just know them. Best PR in the world, but most of their work is on the backs of state and local agencies who participate in task forces.

  • sunshine1040 May 6, 2014

    At least they put out a description of more then just male. Most of the local police seem unable to see if the person is tall short or what color their skin is or know if they spoke English

  • dh1964 May 6, 2014

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    You've got issues with the FBI? They did a great job with that kidnapping a few weeks ago.

  • disgusted2010 May 6, 2014

    The FBI could not find their backsides with both hands. They will let the locals find the robber and take credit for it like they always do.