Woodstock bank robber subject of national hunt
The FBI is offering a reward up to $10,000 for information leading to identification, arrest and conviction of a serial bank robber whom they call the "Double Hat Bandit." In addition, Metro Denver Crime Stoppers is offering a separate reward up to $2,000.
The man, who wore two hats during his crimes, held up the Woodstock Wells Fargo branch in Safeway on two different occasions this year – January 23 and June 23; he held up a U.S. Bank branch on King Road in Milwaukie on January 19, and a U.S. Bank branch in Eugene on January 24.
The same man is believed responsible for at least 13 bank robberies inside grocery stores in Utah, Washington, Oregon, Colorado, and Idaho. On two occasions, he hit two banks on the same day, but the Woodstock holdups are his only repeat at an individual bank branch.
The bandit usually shows the teller a note, and during four of the robberies, he displayed a small handgun in his waistband. He should be considered armed and dangerous.
On June 27, 2017, after a bank robbery in Spokane, the subject was seen in a grayish/blue Malibu style vehicle with New Mexico license plates.
The "Double Hat Bandit" is believed to have started his string of holdups on December 19 of last year, and his first three crimes were in Utah, before he moved on to Washington, Oregon, and Utah again – then back to Oregon, and on to Spokane, Denver, and his most recently-reported bank robbery as this issue of THE BEE went to press was in Boise on July 22.
Numerous law enforcement agencies in Utah, Washington, Oregon and Colorado and Idaho are involved in this investigation. Bank robberies are federal crimes, because bank deposits are federally insured, and are investigated by the FBI.
UPDATE: The day after this issue of THE BEE went to press, the FBI announced they had arrested a suspect in these bank robberies: On Thursday, September 21, the Indianapolis FBI Violent Crimes Task Force, along with the Whiteland Police Department, arrested Shayne Carson, 54, who is believed to be the "Double Hat Bandit." Carson was arrested without incident in the parking lot of a motel in Whiteland, Indiana.
Carson has been charged in a criminal complaint filed by the U.S. Attorney's Office in Salt Lake City with the December 19, 2016, armed robbery of the U.S. Bank in West Valley City, Utah. According to the complaint, he is also a suspect in 13 other bank robberies throughout Utah, Washington, Oregon, Colorado and Idaho from December 19, 2016 to July 22, 2017. In these cases, the robber wore two hats. Since then, Carson has also been identified as a suspect in additional bank robberies in Colorado, Iowa and Ohio. Those cases remain under investigation.
On Friday, September 22, 2017 at 1:30pm EST, Carson had his initial appearance and arraignment on the criminal complaint before the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana. It is anticipated he will be transferred to Utah to face the bank robbery charge filed in Salt Lake City.
The FBI said it would like to thank law enforcement partners in Utah, Idaho, Washington, Oregon, Colorado, Iowa, and Ohio, who worked this case.