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Police searching for "Pug Bandit" bank robber

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May 13, 2013 May 13, 2013
September 22, 2011 September 22, 2011

The Portland Police Bureau is hoping some newly released photos will help them nab a bank robbery suspect nicknamed "The Pug Bandit."

On Sept. 16, 2011, a man walked into the U.S. Bank branch on Southeast Grand Avenue and demanded money, police said.

After getting some cash, he left the bank, and left behind an item that he claimed was a bomb.

The Metro Explosives Disposal Unit responded, and determined the item was not an explosive device.

Six days later, on Sept. 22, investigators believe the same man walked into the West Coast Bank branch on Southeast Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.

He again demanded money, but this time used a note saying he had a bomb, police said.

No suspicious device was left at the bank, after the suspect left with some cash.

Last month, investigators believe the same man walked into the Columbia State Bank on Southeast Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and used a note to demand money, officers said.

The suspect is described as a white man, 35 to 55 years old, 5'6" to 5'8" tall, with a thin to medium build.

Portland Police robbery detectives would like to hear from anyone who has information about these bank robberies, or who can identify the suspect.

The Oregon Financial Institutions Security Task Force (FIST) is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the suspect.

Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information, report it to Crime Stoppers, that leads to an arrest in this case, or any unsolved felony and you can remain anonymous.

Just call 503-823-HELP (4357) to leave a tip.

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