Transvestite ‘Sticky Note Bandit’ robs THREE Texas banks over a month by delivering notes with threatening messages demanding cash from ATMs
- A man dressed in women’s clothing has successfully robbed a series of banks in Houston after handing out sticky notes to tellers.
- The amount the man has stolen has not been released, the suspect has not used a weapon in the robberies and there have been no injuries.
- The FBI is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in the case.
The FBI is seeking the public’s help in identifying a suspect dubbed the “sticky note bandit” after a series of bank robberies in the Houston area as the city battles a sweltering heat wave.
According FBI Violent Crimes Task Force Houston, The so-called Sticky Note Bandit is wanted in connection with three bank robberies, the first of which took place at the Hancock Whitney Bank at 2979 North Loop West around 1:30 pm on July 5.
Investigators say the suspect entered the bank dressed as a woman and passed a threatening sticky note to the teller, demanding cash. No one was physically injured in the robbery, and the suspect made off with an undisclosed amount of money.
The second robbery took place at the Wells Fargo Bank at 13106 Woodforest Boulevard at around 12:09 p.m. on July 11.
The suspect dressed as a woman again and passed a sticky note to the cashier. Instead of complying, the teller “locked himself in the back room for security,” investigators said.
A man dressed in women’s clothing has successfully robbed a series of banks in Houston after handing out sticky notes to tellers.
The amount the man has stolen has not been released, the suspect has not used a weapon in the robberies and there have been no injuries.
The FBI is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in the case.
The suspect waited a while and then fled with no money. The third robbery took place at the Wells Fargo Bank at 6255 Bissonnet Street around 3:30 p.m. on July 13.
Following the same pattern, the suspect dressed as a woman and passed a sticky note to a teller demanding cash. No one was physically injured and the suspect fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of money.
The suspect is described as a black male, approximately 5 feet 8 inches tall with a slim to medium build.
During the last two robberies, he wore a black wig, black sunglasses, a blue medical mask, a green women’s sweater, black women’s ballet flats and was carrying a black handbag.
Investigators are asking anyone with information to come forward or submit an anonymous tip.
The Hancock Whitney bank located at 2979 North Loop West, Houston, was attacked by the robber on July 5.
The Wells Fargo bank located at 13106 Woodforest Blvd, Houston, was attacked on July 11.
The last bank to be attacked was the Wells Fargo Bank at 6255 Bissonnet Street, which was attacked on July 13.
In 2021, about 85 percent of bank crimes were committed at tellers. Most of them see a person handing a note to a teller. Very few bank robberies occur outside of business hours, according to a Conversation report on banking crime.
About half of the robberies involved a weapon or a threat to use a weapon.
In the past 15 years, 15 people have been killed during the course of bank robberies, nearly 100 have been injured and more than 60 taken hostage.
There is a section on fbi website for bank robbers, with many catchy nicknames like Sticky Note Bandit. Names include the Blink Ring Bandit and the Ninja Bank Bandit.
Those who rob a bank by stealing more than $1,000 without violence can face up to ten years in prison. With less than $1,000, a person could spend as little as a year in prison.
The amount of money stolen by the Sticky Note Bandit has not been disclosed.