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'128 Bandit' hits a dozen banks around Boston

BOSTON — A serial bank robber is being called the 128 Bandit and police are scrambling to track down the man responsible for a series of thefts all over metro Boston.

A man who has robbed, or tried to rob, up to a dozen banks along Route 128 and into Boston.

The spree began in May 2016 when he tried to hit the Bank of America on Corinth Street in Roslindale, but he didn't get any money.

More than a year later, however, the 128 Bandit's luck changed just a block down the road in Roslindale at the Tremont Credit Union. He made his first score on July 31, 2017.

Over the summer, the bandit picked up his pace, hitting more banks.

Meanwhile, the bank robbery task force has been pouring over surveillance images from all of the bank robberies across the region.

At almost a weekly pace, the same man with a stocky build, wearing glasses, is walking into banks along Route 128, armed with a demand note and threats of a gun.

Soon after, tellers hand over cash and the 128 bandit takes his note back, before he's gone.

It has been a very busy summer for him.

When the 128 Bandit hit a Bank of America Branch in Wellesley in September, he had already robbed four other banks.

But he wasn't finished, he went on to rob up to four more banks in just a few days.

Police say the 128 Bandit has hit banks in Roslindale, Boston, West Roxbury, Dedham, Wellesley, Waltham and Chestnut Hill.

Most of those robberies took place in the afternoon.

If you have any information, you can call the tip line at 617-680-4525. Police say they will be offering a sizable reward.

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