Law enforcement officials announced Thursday the man who robbed a Rexburg credit union on Wednesday matches the description of the "AK-47 Bandit" who has hit banks in California and Washington.
The FBI Los Angeles Division says the "AK-47 Bandit" also committed a heist on Wednesday, February 29, 2012, at the California Bank & Trust in Chino, CA. As the suspect fled the bank he shot and seriously injured a police officer. The suspect is also believed to be connected to the March 12, 2012, robbery of the Bank of the West in Vacaville, CA. He may also have been involved in an attempted robbery three days prior of the Tri Counties Bank in Sacramento, CA.
On July 6, 2012, a similar style take-over robbery happened at the Chase Bank in North Bend, WA.
The FBI is offering a reward of up to $50,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person who committed these bank robberies..
Additionally, East Idaho Credit Union is offering a reward of up to $20,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the individual who robbed the credit union in Rexburg.
The FBI would like to remind everyone that the "AK-47 Bandit" should be considered armed and dangerous and should not be approached. Anyone with information can contact the FBI Salt Lake City Division at (801) 579-1400.