FBI: Serial bank robber targets Gwinnett

Photo by Donnie Ikpa

Photo by Donnie Ikpa

ATLANTA -- The FBI is searching for a man suspected in three Gwinnett bank robberies in less than 24 hours this week. Tipsters could earn up to $5,000.

The brash bandit struck three banks in Lilburn and Stone Mountain beginning Monday afternoon, said Gregory Jones, Special Agent in Charge at the FBI's Atlanta Field Office.

The suspect left each location with an unspecified amount of cash. The FBI reported no injuries at any scene. Investigators are confident the same man is behind each heist.

The first robbery happened at 4:40 p.m. Monday when the suspect walked into a Wachovia Bank at 1028 Killian Hill Road in Lilburn, announced a robbery and fled with cash, Jones said.

Two more stick-ups followed within three hours of each other Tuesday.

In a Chase Bank at 4081 U.S. Highway 78, the robber pulled back a portion of his clothing to reveal a possible handgun to a teller at 11:16 a.m., Jones said. He struck again at 2:41 p.m. at another Wachovia Branch, this time at 1815 Rockbridge Road, Jones said.

The FBI describes the suspect as a light-skinned black man, age 25 to 35, about 5 feet 6 inches tall and 160 pounds. He has light facial hair and what appears to be a mole on the left side of his face, Jones said.

Jones said he could be driving a mid-2000's, dark blue or black Chevrolet Impala with Florida tags, which was spotted at one of the banks.

Wachovia Bank officials have announced a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the suspect's arrest, Jones said.

The FBI urges anyone with information to call 404-679-9000.