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The Feds Have Aptly Nicknamed A Man Seen Robbing 3 North Carolina Banks As The 'Bad Wig Bandit'

The wigs are so far from snatched, even the feds have noticed.

The FBI is looking for a man accused of robbing three banks in the Charlotte, North Carolina, area.

The "Bad Wig Bandit," as he's been dubbed by the feds, has robbed banks in Huntersville, Belmont and Gastonia. In each robbery, the suspect is seen on surveillance cameras donning a variety of wigs, according to WCNC.

Footage of the suspected bank robber initially surfaced in December. He was wearing a blonde wig and high heels. The first bank he targeted was the BB&T Bank on Northcross Drive in Huntersville.


On January 7, the suspect was seen robbing the New Horizon Bank in Belmont and a Wells Fargo Bank in Gastonia. In the second robbery, he's wearing a black wig, and in the third, he's sporting a red wig reports WDRB.

None of the pieces are snatched. 

In a 911 call during the Belmont robbery, the caller iterates that the suspect visited the branch a week prior, asking about the restrooms, according to the Washington Examiner.

"He’s come in here scoping us out one other time, said he was looking for a bathroom," the caller said.

The bank employee also mentioned that the suspect claimed to have a weapon and passed along a note to the teller.

"Give me your money, I have a gun. Remember you have a family at home. Don’t say anything," the note read.

The amount of money taken has not been disclosed.

Nicknaming bank robbers is an FBI tradition and helps to yield success in the capture of criminals, reports CNN. 

In another unusual heist in December, a man robbed a caricature artist but left a key piece of evidence behind: his own portrait, as Blavity previously reported.

WSB-TV 2 reports the incident occurred on December 5, just as the caricature artist completed the drawing of the suspect. The suspect in question is alleged to have taken off running with the bag in which the artist stored his money.

"Around 11:50 p.m., the suspect approached the victim and asked for a portrait of himself. The victim agreed and created the attached caricature of the suspect. Once the victim was finished, the suspect grabbed a money bag that belonged to the victim, which contained about $500 in cash. The suspect fled on foot leaving his portrait behind," reported Newsweek.

Anyone with information about the "Bad Wig Bandit" robberies is being asked to contact the Charlotte FBI Branch at (704) 672-6100. Tips can also be left at https://tips.fbi.gov.

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