The Portland Police Bureau, in cooperation with Crime Stoppers, is asking for the public's help in solving three bank robberies in Southeast Portland committed by a suspect nicknamed, "The Pug Bandit."
On September 16, 2011, at 5:50 p.m., a man walked into the U.S. Bank branch, located at 636 Southeast Grand Avenue, and demanded money. After obtaining an undisclosed amount of money, the man left the bank and left behind an item that he'd claimed was a bomb. The Metro Explosives Disposal Unit responded and determined that the item was not an explosive device.
On September 22, 2011, at 11:35 a.m., investigators believe the same man walked into the West Coast Bank Branch, located at 1234 Southeast Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, and again demanded money using a note saying he had a bomb. No suspicious device was left at the bank after the suspect left with an undisclosed amount of money.
On May 13, 2013, at 11:32 a.m., investigators believe "The Pug Bandit" walked into the Columbia State Bank, located at 1234 Southeast Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, and used a note to demand money.
The suspect is described as a white male, 45 to 55 years old, 5'6" to 5'0" tall, and thin to medium build.
Portland Police Robbery Detectives would like to hear from anyone who has information about these bank robberies or who can identify the suspect.
The Oregon Financial Institutions Security Taskforce (FIST) is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the suspect. FIST is a cooperative effort made up of representatives from banks, savings and loans, and credit unions, as well as representatives from local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies. The purpose of FIST is to help reduce crimes.
Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information, reported to Crime Stoppers, that leads to an arrest in this case, or any unsolved felony, and you can remain anonymous. Call Crime Stoppers at 503-823-HELP (4357), leave a tip online at www.crimestoppersoforegon.com, or text CRIMES (274637) and in the subject line put 823HELP, followed by your tip.