He's been known to don a fake beard and mustache. Or slap on lipstick, a wig, a daisy-dotted scarf and an ankle-length dress.

Since 1995, the man of many disguises has had the same mission, the FBI said: bank robbery.

He has committed at least one in the District and five in Virginia, sometimes posing as a woman, sometimes a man, according to the FBI, which is circulating surveillance photographs in hopes of ending his criminal career.

"He's very theatrical, very dramatic," said FBI Special Agent James Burton. "He's very dramatic when he comes in, very loud."

The man's career as a bank robber in the area apparently started on Aug. 29, 1995, when he strolled into a First Union bank at 600 Maryland Ave. in Southwest Washington wearing a dress, a wig and gloves, the FBI said. The man, estimated to be 6 feet and 180 pounds, passed a demand note to a teller that claimed he had a bomb, the FBI said.

He struck again on May 1, 1997, the FBI said. Again posing as a woman, he robbed what then was known as NationsBank -- now Bank of America -- at 5707 Seminary Rd. in Falls Church, agents said.

Five years later, wearing a suit, fake beard and hat, he casually walked in to rob the First Union bank at 6565 Little River Tpk. in Alexandria, the FBI said. That episode took place on May 2, the FBI said, and was the first of four robberies he allegedly committed in Northern Virginia last year.

On May 21, he returned to the bank on Seminary Road in Falls Church, wearing a dress and wig and carrying a purse, and again he robbed the place, agents said, this time after claiming to have a bomb. On Aug. 2, he allegedly robbed a First Union branch at 6940 Braddock Rd. in Annandale, the FBI said, wearing a fishing hat.

The most recent robbery tied to the suspect occurred on Dec. 30 at a Virginia Commerce Bank branch at 5350 Lee Hwy. in Arlington.

The robber never showed a gun, the FBI said.

The FBI is offering a reward leading to arrest and prosecution. Agents urged anyone knowing his identity or whereabouts to call the FBI at 202-278-2360.

The man the FBI considers a suspect in six area bank robberies is wearing a fishing hat as he is photographed last Aug. 2 at a First Union bank branch at 6940 Braddock Rd. in Annandale.