‘Mesh Mask Bandit’ strikes again, at a bank in Garland

Posted Thursday, May. 16, 2013  comments  Print Reprints

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He hit again.

A man dubbed the “Mesh Mask Bandit” robbed a Garland bank Wednesday, his 19th heist at a bank or credit union since December, according to the FBI.

He has robbed two banks in as many weeks in North Texas.

A $20,000 reward has been offered for information leading to his arrest and conviction.

Authorities have released a composite drawing and photographs from surveillance cameras, but the bandit remained on the run Thursday.

A witness in one holdup who saw the man before he pulled on the mask gave authorities a description.

He is described as a Hispanic man with a dark complexion, 37 to 43 years old, 5-foot-7 to 6-foot-2, with a medium build and dark hair and eyes. He may have a mustache and a goatee.

His clothing or skin might have temporarily turned red after a dye pack went off in money stolen from a Dallas bank on Jan. 31. Another dye pack went off during an April 29 robbery at Capital One Bank in Arlington.

In some holdups, the “Mesh Mask Bandit” has driven away in a dark blue Dodge Caravan.

FBI officials believe that his spree began Dec. 31 at the BBVA Compass Bank in Dallas.

Investigators think he has robbed five banks and a credit union in Dallas; three banks in Carrollton; two banks each in Garland, Arlington and Grand Prairie; and one bank each in Addison, Plano, Farmers Branch and Lewisville.

Anyone with information is asked to call the FBI office in Dallas at 972-559-5000 or Crime Stoppers at 877-373-8477.

Domingo Ramirez Jr., 817-390-7763 Twitter: @mingoramirezjr

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