FBI seeks counter-jumping serial bank robber

CREATED May 13, 2014 - UPDATED: May 13, 2014

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MILWAUKEE - Most modern bank robbers like to slip in quickly and get away unnoticed.  Not this guy.  

 
"He's a little unusual," said FBI Supervisory Special Agent Robert Botsch.  "Either threatening, attempting or jumping over the counter."
 
Counter-jumping is an aggressive robbery.  Surveillance cameras captured the man wearing a painter's mask trying to climb over protective glass.  
 
It is believed the same man hit four banks, the threshold for what the FBI considers a serial bank robber.
 
All four of the crimes happened in grocery store bank branches:
April 23 and May 5 - TCF Bank in Piggly Wiggly, 4061 N. 54th Street, Milwaukee
April 26 - TCF Bank in Piggly Wiggly, 123 W. Oklahoma Avenue, Milwaukee 
May 11 - Tri City National Bank in Pick 'n Save, 2901 S. Chicago Avenue, South Milwaukee
 
The suspect is described as a black man, 6’2”-6’3” with a thin build.  In the crimes, he is seen wearing a black-hooded sweatshirt, North Face jacket, gloves and a painter’s mask.
 
"Although he has not pointed and displayed the handgun at people, they have seen it within a coat pocket," Botsch said.  "We know that the subject is armed and dangerous."
 
Mike Semmann worked as a teller many years ago and is now senior vice president and chief operations officer of the Wisconsin Bankers Association.
 
"This can be a very scary situation," Semmann said.  "Bank robbers are dangerous individuals, dangerous to the public and to bank staff.  Any information the public can give to help law enforcement would be very, very welcome."
 
Anyone with information regarding the above robberies is asked to contact the Milwaukee Police Department's Violent Crimes Task Force at (414) 935-7411, South Milwaukee Police Department at (414) 768-8060 or the FBI Milwaukee Division at (414) 276-4684.