BY KENNETH DEAN
Despite mugging for the camera, the man dubbed the “Loan Ranger Bandit” by the FBI remains unidentified, and the federal agency unveiled a $10,000 reward Thursday in hopes of putting a name to the face.
Diego Rodriguez, FBI special agent in charge of the Dallas division, said the man is an unconventional bank robber because he does not wear a mask or try to conceal his identity.
He is believed to be responsible for 10 bank robberies in three states, Arkansas, Mississippi and Texas, Rodriguez said during a press conference in Tyler Thursday.
Rodriguez was in town to talk about the reward in conjunction with Tyler Police Department Chief Gary Swindle. The bandit is believed to have robbed two Tyler banks — the Altra Federal Credit Union in August 2011 and the BBVA Compass Bank in May 2012.
“Someone knows who this man is,” Rodriguez said. “One of the most unique aspects of the Loan Ranger Bandit’s method is that he does not attempt to disguise his features.”
Authorities say the man robbed the Summit Bank in Bentonville, Ark. Twice — first in 2009 and then again in 2011. He has also robbed banks in central Texas and Madison, Miss.
He is described as a white man in his early 30s, about 5-foot-7 to 6 feet tall, about 200 pounds, with a medium build, according to an FBI statement. He has short light brown hair, wears glasses and has a small mole or mark just above his right eye on the lower part of his forehead. His varied clothing styles have included athletic wear, jeans and business attire. He was dubbed the Loan Ranger Bandit for the blue Texas Rangers baseball cap he has worn while robbing banking institutions where loans are offered.
He may drive a maroon Chevrolet S-10 pickup truck with a thin white pinstripe around the truck bed.
Anyone with information about the Loan Ranger Bandit is asked to call their local police department, or the FBI at 1800-CALL-FBI or post a tip at http://tips . fbi.gov.