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FBI Searching for 'Spelling Bee Bandit' Who Demands Money From Banks Using Misspelled Notes


The FBI has dubbed one criminal the “Spelling Bee Bandit” based on his lack of spelling skills during a string of Massachusetts bank heists.

Authorities said the man, pictured in a baseball cap and sunglasses during his crimes, always hands the teller a note that says “robery,” instead of "robbery."

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Although his methods aren’t sophisticated, he’s been getting the job done.

Police say he’s robbed four banks in Massachusetts since October 31 and has become more aggressive with each one.

“It’s not so much the amount of the loss,” FBI special agent Daniel Romanzo told Salem News. “We’re more concerned with the fact that this individual has become more aggressive with the tellers.”

The MassMostWanted Tip Program is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the man's arrest.

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He's believed to be in his late 30s to early 40s and stands between 5-foot-11 and 6-foot-2 tall.

Anyone with information should call the FBI Boston Division’s Violent Crimes Task Force at 1-857-386-2000.

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