'Bicycle Bandit' hits BB&T bank in Buford

BUFORD - The latest in a series of colorfully named bank robbers around metro Atlanta has struck again.

FBI officials said the so-called "Bicycle Bandit" - a white man who prefers to flee crime scenes via his bicycle - robbed a BB&T Bank in Buford on Thursday morning.

Investigators believe the same man has robbed as many as nine banks in north metro Atlanta. Most recently in Gwinnett, he robbed a Bank of America in Duluth on Nov. 14, police said.

The man is known for going the discreet route when holding up bank employees. Police said he stuck to his routine Thursday.

The suspect entered the 4394 Buford Drive bank at 11:45 a.m. and presented a female teller with a note demanding money, according to the FBI.

He left with an undisclosed amount of cash in a bag planted with an exploding dye pack, said FBI Atlanta spokesman Stephen Emmett.

Police later recovered a bicycle near the bank, Emmett said.

The FBI describes the suspect as a white man in his late 30s or early 40s, about 5 feet 8 inches tall and 160 pounds.

He was wearing a gray sweatshirt with "Carolina" printed across the front, blue jeans and possibly a New York Yankees hat, said Emmett.

The FBI is offering a reward for information leading to the suspect's capture.

Tipsters are asked to contact the FBI's violent crimes squad at 404-679-9000.