Feds link ‘Chameleon Beard Bandit’ to Durham bank robbery

January 22, 2018 GMT

The FBI asked Monday for the public’s help to identify a bank robber dubbed the “Chameleon Beard Bandit” responsible for at least six holdups in three states.

Authorities said a Sept. 29 robbery of the Bank of America branch at 2 Park Drive in Research Triangle was the first heist he committed.

Since then, the FBI has linked him to the following robberies:

During each robbery, he either showed a handgun or threatened that he had one, authorities said.

The robber is described as a white man in his mid to late 30s, with a medium build, between 5 feet 11 inches and 6 feet 2 inches tall and 180 to 240 pounds. He has brown eyes, brown hair, a light complexion, wears glasses and frequently changes the color of his beard.


The Richmond (Va.) Division of the FBI is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the man.

Anyone with information about the robberies can call investigators of the Richmond FBI’s Central Virginia Violent Crimes Task Force at 804-261-1044.