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FBI Releases New Bank Robbers Mobile App

The FBI launched a mobile version of its Bank Robbers website to make it easier for smartphone users to view photos and information about bank robberies.

Back in December 2012, the FBI launched its Bank Robbers website featuring a gallery of unknown bank robbery suspects wanted by the Bureau. Because the FBI, in its own bank robbery investigations, focuses on the most violent and/or the most prolific serial offenders who often cross jurisdictions, the suspects included on bankrobbers.fbi.gov are a dangerous lot and public assistance in identifying them plays a crucial role in our efforts to apprehend them.  

Today, we’re enhancing our efforts to publicize these dangerous criminals by launching our mobile Bank Robbers application for iPhones (plus iPads and iPods) and Android smartphones, which should make it even easier for the public—as well as financial institutions, law enforcement agencies, and others—to view photos and information about bank robberies in different geographic areas of the country. The app, which works with bankrobbers.fbi.gov, can be downloaded for free from Apple’s app store or Google Play.

 

Using the app, bank robberies can be sorted by the date they occurred, the category they fall under (i.e., armed serial bank robber), the FBI field office working the case, or the state where the robbery occurred. If the location services on your device are enabled, you can view a map that shows the relevant bank robberies that took place in your geographic area. You also access surveillance photos, physical description information, robbery details, and the FBI’s wanted poster for each suspect. Users can select push notifications to be informed when a bank robbery has taken place near their location.

Additionally, the app provides quick access to a link directly to the FBI online tips page so users can contact us immediately if they have information on any of the robberies or suspects.   

Some of the unknown bank robbers currently being sought by the FBI include:

  • A suspect, wanted for nine bank robberies in Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia, who displayed, at various times, handguns and even a sawed-off shotgun during eight of those robberies. Details
  • Another suspect, wanted in connection with 11 bank robberies in Pennsylvania, who either carried or wore a semi-automatic handgun while verbally demanding money. Details 
  • In California, a suspect who reportedly wears various disguises and has committed four robberies at California banks while displaying a handgun. Details
  • And in Phoenix, a suspect who entered a bank, pushed an elderly woman out of his way, and pointed a handgun at bank employees and customers demanding money. Details

“We focus our investigative resources on those suspects who pose the greatest safety threats to the public, and our new Bank Robbers mobile app is another tool we can use to help mitigate those threats.”

Gregory Adams, FBI Violent Crimes Unit

According to the FBI’s bank crime statistics for 2015, there were 4,091 robberies, burglaries, and larcenies committed under the federal bank robbery statute in a variety of financial institutions—including commercial banks, savings and loan associations, credit unions, and armored carrier companies. Demand notes were a favorite tool used by bank robbers (2,416 times), but actual firearms were used 877 times, the threat of weapons was used 1,762 times, and explosive devices used or threatened occurred 108 times.

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