D.C. police say same man robbed 5 banks since November

By Martin Weil
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, March 28, 2010

A man with gray whiskers robbed a bank in downtown D.C. last week, bringing to five the number of bank holdups in the District that police blame on the same man.

The robbery at the Chevy Chase Bank branch in the 1200 block of F Street Thursday was another one in the series in which no gun was shown.

In last week's incident, police said a man passed a note about 2:10 p.m. to a teller at the bank. The man, wearing tan pants and carrying a shoulder bag, did not show a gun but implied that he had one, police said. They said he got cash and left.

Police said they believe that since Nov. 23, the same man held up two other downtown banks and two on Capitol Hill.

More than a dozen financial institution holdups have been reported recently in Northern Virginia and Prince George's County in which no gun was shown. On Tuesday, a man grabbed cash as it was being deposited in Manassas.

But some robberies involve more than an implied gun. Two men robbed a bank Friday on Burke Commons Road in Fairfax County, police said. Both showed firearms, police said.

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