'Upscale Bandit' Sought In CUHeists

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SEATTLE - (03/06/06) -- The FBI is hunting for awell-dressed man in suit and tie they believe is responsible for asmany as five area hold-ups in recent weeks, including two at creditunions. The thief, dubbed the 'Upscale Bandit,'for his appearance,is seen at surveillance tapes robbing Seattle Metropolitan CU inKirkland on Feb. 3, Verity VU in Lynnwood on Feb. 17, and atseparate incidents at Bank of America, Key Bank and U.S. Bancorpbranches since the end of January. Surveillance videos show a whiteman in his 40's with reddish blond hair, a neatly trimmed bearddressed in formal work clothes; a suit and tie and overcoat, andblack dress shoes. FBI agents said he has a 'generally professionalappearance'.

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