Cleveland FBI asks for help identifying ‘breakdown lane bandit’

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CLEVELAND– The Cleveland Division of the FBI and local police departments are asking for the public’s help identifying a serial bank robber they call the “BDL bandit.”

The man is suspected of robbing three banks in the Cleveland area since March 24. The FBI said in all three crimes, he parked his getaway car in the breakdown lane of Interstate 480, giving him the name “BDL bandit.”

So far, he’s targeted the PNC Bank on Detroit Road in Westlake, the First Merit Bank on Richmond Road in Warrensville Heights and the US Bank on Brookpark Road in Cleveland.

The suspect wears gloves and a hooded sweatshirt, and covers his face with a bandana and sunglasses. He demands large bills, and no bait money or dye packs. According to the FBI, he’s armed with a black semi-automatic handgun.

The FBI said they believe the “BDL bandit” has an accomplice.

Anyone with information should call the FBI at 216-522-1400. Tips can be made anonymously and reward money is available.

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