Police seek roaming robber

This suspect is wanted for allegedly robbing a Kingman savings and loan on July 31. He is pictured during a robbery July 28 at a bank in St. George, Utah.

This suspect is wanted for allegedly robbing a Kingman savings and loan on July 31. He is pictured during a robbery July 28 at a bank in St. George, Utah.

KINGMAN ­ A man who robbed First Arizona Savings in Kingman on July 31 appears to be a serial bank robber responsible for a string of crimes in three states.

Sgt. Rusty Cooper of the Kingman Police Department said his department has learned the suspect caught on a bank surveillance camera here also is wanted for robbing a Bank of America branch in Barstow, Calif., on July 26. The suspect allegedly handed a teller a threatening note demanding money and escaped with "a large sum" of cash. That robbery is under investigation by the Barstow Police Department.

On July 28, the suspect allegedly robbed U.S. Bank in St. George, Utah, in similar fashion. He also was captured on bank surveillance cameras and that incident is under investigation by the St. George Police Department.

The robber surfaced again July 29 in Barstow at the same Bank of America branch. He produced another threatening note, but was not given any money and fled.

The suspect is described as a bald, white male in his late 20s. He stands about 5-foot-7 and weighs about 200 pounds.

He was seen entering a white Ford F-150 or F-250 pickup following the July 29 robbery attempt in Barstow.

On July 31, the suspect allegedly robbed a pharmacy in Needles, Calif.

He produced a knife and threatened employees in that crime. The San Bernardino County Sheriff's Office is handling that investigation.

Handwriting of a note from the Needles robbery appears to be the same as that of a note handed a teller at First Arizona Savings, Cooper said.

"He got away with a sum of money here less than $5,000 but more than $1,000," Cooper said.

"The robbery of the pharmacy got him less than $100. I don't know about the sum stolen in St. George."

The FBI has jurisdiction over all bank robberies because funds are federally insured.

Because of that jurisdiction, Cooper could not say which police department or sheriff's office investigating one of the robberies would get the first opportunity at prosecuting the suspect if and when he is arrested.

KPD detectives are working with investigators of the other three law enforcement agencies involved and the FBI to solve the string of robberies.

Anyone with information on the suspect is asked to contact Detective Dennis Gilbert at 753-2191 or Mohave Silent Witness at 753-1234.