The FBI has launched a national website dedicated to identifying unknown bank robbers from the FBI’s 56 field offices, and it includes several who have allegedly committed crimes in Alexandria.
The website, bankrobbers.fbi.gov, allows the public to search by the unknown robber’s nickname, robbery location and the date of the robbery. Each bank robbery is plotted on a Google map of the United States that can be viewed down to the street level.
The FBI wants to remove the threat of violence from financial institutions in our region by identifying and holding accountable those who commit these robberies, the agency said in a news release.
A search of the database lists two City of Alexandria robberies – the TD Bank on S. Washington Street in December 2012 and the Capitol One Bank on S. Washington Street in October 2010. There is a robbery listed at the TD Bank on Richmond Hwy. from October 2012, in the Alexandria portion of Fairfax County.
There is also a robbery listed from December 2012 in Arlington – at the Bank of America at 3600 South Glebe Rd.
In fiscal year 2012, a total of 49 bank robberies occurred in Washington, DC, and Northern Virginia. This accounted for the fewest number of bank robberies in more than 10 years. Of those bank robberies, 15 occurred in Washington and 34 occurred in Northern Virginia.
In FY2011, a total of 80 bank robberies occurred, with 23 in Washington and 57 in Northern Virginia.
Beginning Jan. 10, digital bus shelter billboards in Washington will feature the website along with surveillance pictures of unknown wanted bank robbers from Washington and Northern Virginia.