FBI Looking For “Too Tall Bandit” Who Is Accused In 16 Bank Robberies Over The Last Decade

ETOWAH, NORTH CAROLINA — The FBI says they are looking for a serial bank robber nicknamed “Too Tall Bandit.”  Officials believe the robber is responsible for at least 16 bank robberies in Tennessee, North Carolina, and South Carolina, according to a news release.

The most recent robbery happened on November 27, 2020 at the United Community Bank in Etowah, North Carolina, according to the FBI.

The FBI is asking the public to help identify the suspect and is offering a reward of up to $15,000.  The “Too Tall Bandit” is described as a white man, approximately 40 years old, standing 6 feet 2 inches tall to 6 feet 6 inches tall, 210-250 pounds, possibly with brown eyes.

FBI Agents say the suspect speaks with a deep voice and walks with a limp affecting his right leg.  In each robbery, the suspect is heavily disguised with a mask, coat, and gloves, according to a news release.  Agents say he is usually armed with a black handgun and often jumps over the teller’s counter.

The FBI believes these robberies were committed by the same suspect:

  • November 27, 2009, Volunteer State Bank, 2920 Highway 31 W, White House, TN
  • November 12, 2010, Sumner Bank & Trust, 780 Browns Lane, Gallatin, TN
  • November 09, 2012, SunTrust Bank, 731 Cool Springs Blvd, Franklin, TN
  • March 31, 2014, First Tennessee Bank, 11864 Kingston Pike, Farragut, TN
  • November 24, 2014, Tri-Summit Bank, 156 East Broadway Blvd, Jefferson City, TN
  • November 13, 2015, Home Federal Bank, 3671 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN
  • October 27, 2016, Capital Bank, 136 Concord Road, Knoxville, TN
  • November 25, 2016, First Citizens Bank, 104 Edgewood Street, Lyman, SC
  • November 16, 2016, Home Trust Bank, 140 Airport Road, Arden, NC
  • November 17, 2017, BB&T Bank, 263 East Broadway Blvd, Jefferson City, TN
  • November 24, 2017, Citizen’s National Bank, 813 Huckleberry Lane, Knoxville, TN
  • October 26, 2018, BB&T Bank, 818 Church St, N. Concord, NC
  • December 21, 2018, BB&T Bank, 850 Merrimon Ave, Asheville, NC
  • January 04, 2019, SunTrust Bank, 731 Cool Springs Blvd, Franklin, TN
  • November 06, 2020, First Bank, 2 Market St, Brevard, NC
  • November 27, 2020, United Community Bank, 50 United Bank Dr, Etowah, NC

Anyone with information on this accused serial robber is asked to call 1-800-CALL-FBI.

Too Tall Bandit Wanted