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Authorities Need Help Catching "The First-Aid Bandit" Suspected of Robbing Four Valley Banks

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There's a new bandit in town, and authorities have given him what is possibly the least-cool moniker since the infamous "Salon Bandit."

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is looking for the man it is calling "The First-Aid Bandit."

Don't let the name fool you, this guy isn't running around slapping Band-Aids on the bleeding masses, he's robbing banks -- four of them to be precise.

FBI Special Agent in Charge Manuel J. Johnson tells ABC 15 that this bandit got his name because at each of the robberies he was seen with cuts and scrapes all over his face, and at some robberies, he was wearing gauze bandages on his face-- sometimes with blood seeping through.

According to the federal fuzz, the bandages and cuts may not even be real and could just be some terrible attempt at a disguise.

The bandit apparently just walks up to tellers, tells them he has a gun, and demands money. However, no witnesses have reported actually seeing a gun.

His latest heist was Tuesday at the Desert Schools Federal Credit Union near Hayden Road and Via De Ventura in Scottsdale, but he is linked -- via-bandages -- to three other robberies in Phoenix, Queen Creek, and Mesa.

Bandages and wounds aside, the man is described as a White or Hispanic male, in his mid- 30s, 5-feet-8-inches tall, 180 pounds, a medium build, a black mustache (which may be fake), black hair, and acne or burn scars.

Anyone with information about "The First-Aid Bandit" is urged to call the FBI at 602-279-5511 or Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS. The Desert Schools Federal Credit Union is sweetening that deal and offering $5,000 for original information that helps catch the bandaged thief.

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