‘Regular Joe Bandit’ suspected in North Texas bank holdups

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A Denton man dubbed the “Regular Joe Bandit” by the FBI remained in custody Tuesday accused of robbing a series of North Texas banks and a credit union that were located in stores.

Authorities identified the suspect as Richard Chiles, 53, of Denton who investigators believe has robbed six banks and a credit union in areas around Tarrant and Denton counties.

Investigators believe he began his spree in February and it ended on Sept. 25 in Allen at a store bank. One day after that, Allen police arrested Chiles.

The Denton man was in the Collin County Jail in McKinney on Tuesday in lieu of $850,000 bail.

Each robbery occurred at a bank branch or credit union located inside a large retail store or grocery store. In each case, the man approached the teller counter, verbally demanded cash and also presented a note, according to an FBI news release

He has also indicated that he may be armed with a weapon. After receiving an undisclosed amount of cash, he exited through the main doors of the store. No one was reported injured in the holdups.

In most of the holdups, he was seen leaving in a medium-to-large size black sports utility vehicle, according to the FBI.

FBI agents dubbed him the “Regular Joe Bandit” because of his casual appearance and composed demeanor.

Investigators believe he began his robbery spree in February when he robbed a Wells Fargo in the Flower Mound Tom Thumb on Justin Road. The other holdups included First Convenience Bank in Kroger on N. MacArthur Boulevard in Irving in May; Woodforest National Bank in Walmart on N. Tarrant Parkway in North Richland Hills in June; the Denton Area Teachers Credit Union on Trophy Club Drive in Trophy Club in July and Woodforest National Bank in Walmart on Hickory Creek Drive in Hickory Creek in August.

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

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