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The FBI Violent Crimes Task Force is seeking the public’s help in identifying a serial bank robber whom authorities have dubbed “The Brim Beanie Bandit,” officials said.

The bandit is said to have robbed four banks and attempted to rob one other, in the period from Dec. 10 until Monday, the FBI said in a statement.

The bandit has not brandished a weapon in any of the incidents, but is considered armed and dangerous, the FBI said.

The FBI described the bandit as a white male, in his late 40s or early 50s, about 5 feet 7 inches tall, and about 150 pounds. During the robberies, the bandit has worn a dark sweatshirt or jacket, black pants, black gloves, dark shoes or boots, and his signature identifier: a black or grey brim beanie cap.


A brim beanie, or visor beanie, is a winter hat with a short brim.

In each of the incidents, the bandit approaches the teller and shows or leaves a note asking for money, the FBI said. The bandit then flees. It is not clear if the bandit is using a vehicle for transportation.

The bandit robbed the Braintree Cooperative Bank on Washington Street in Braintree at about 3 p.m. Monday; the TD Bank on Highland Avenue in Needham at 11:37 a.m. on Dec. 19; the South Shore Bank on Turnpike Street in Stoughton at 10:40 a.m. Dec. 13; and the TD Bank on Adams Street in Quincy at 11:25 a.m. on Dec. 10. Also on Dec. 10, the bandit attempted to rob the Bank of America on Gallivan Boulevard in Dorchester.

Surveillance photos released by the FBI appeared to show the suspect wearing a gray brim beanie in two of the robberies and a different hat in a third robbery. An FBI spokesman in Boston couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.


The FBI is offering a monetary reward to anyone with information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the robber.

Melissa Hanson can be reached at melissa.hanson@globe.com or on Twitter @Melissa__Hanson