Surveillance Photos from Morning Robbery Released

by Katie Pyzyk July 29, 2011 at 3:59 pm 3,613 27 Comments

  Arlington Police are asking for your help with finding a man who robbed a Ballston bank this morning.

A man entered the Presidential Bank at 901 N. Stuart Street at 10:11am and demanded money from a teller.  He fled with an undisclosed amount of cash.

The suspect is described as a black male with facial hair, in his late 40’s, 5’6” with a medium build. At the time of the robbery he wore a white short-sleeved polo shirt, light colored pants, a white baseball cap and dark shoes. The suspect also had a light colored towel draped over his shoulder.

Anyone who has information about this robbery or the identity of the suspect is asked to call the Arlington County Police Department Tip Line at 703-228-4242, or Detective Gary Skeens at 703-228-4166. Det. Skeens can also be reached by email at [email protected]

  • sports_tenderbro_sports

    everyone watch out for those exterior painters

  • Southeast Ben

    He’s probably at P Diddy’s white party making it rain.

  • John Fontain

    I’d recognize that grainy face anywhere!!

    Seriously, in this day and age I’d think that banks would shell out the couple hundred bucks necessary to capture high quality surveillance images.

    • Arl-Lady


    • Tre

      They would get better footage if they duct taped an iPhone to the wall

  • +1

  • JimPB

    Can the face be enlarged and hopefully the image made clearer?

    DId he leave fingerprints anywhere?

  • Wendy

    Cheesecake Factory server?

  • NoVapologist

    The towel draped over the shoulder is a dead giveaway that this guy is a line cook somewhere (when he’s not out robbing banks, of course).

    • PikerShorts

      No, it’s just become urban style to wear a sweat towel on your shoulder

  • JamesE


  • TGEoA

    Just look for the guy who is dodging barrels throw by a big monkey.

  • JimPB

    My financial institution requires that hats/caps be removed in order to allow clear views of customer faces. Does Presidential Bank have such a policy? Of was such a policy in place but not enforced?

    • I’ve never heard of that rule, but I think it’s a good one.

      • Steve

        PC police would go nuts. Women in headscarves, burkas, etc would be affected by it.

    • NOVApologist

      Robber: “Put all the money in the bag and nobody gets hurt.”

      Teller: “Certainly sir, but before I do that I’ll need you to remove your hat.”

      • JimPB

        About three decades ago, a man demanded money of a teller at a bank branch in South Rockville. She retained her training: “I need to see an ID for cash withdrawals.” The robbery duly presented his driver’s license. So, after recording the relevant information from his license, the teller gave him a bundle of money. Of course, the explosive red dye was part of the bundle, and there was a explosion of red dye outside the bank.

        When the robber got to him home (a couple of miles away), the police were waiting for him. (His driver’s license was legitimate, and accurate.)

        Poor guy. He had been trying various legitimate things to make money, and had failed at every one of them. “And I failed at robbing a bank, too,” he bemoaned.

        • PikerShorts

          I was a teller for SunTrust while in HS and they definitely did not train anyone to ask for ID when being robbed. Just give the robber money.

          What bank was this?

  • charlie

    i would not describe that as a polo shirt.

  • Steve

    Okay, I think a bank can afford better than a .001 megapixel camera these days.

    • TARP

      Especially since they can get the taxpayers to pay for it.

  • Dan

    Pretty brazen…..kind of odd.

  • Not Charlie

    Yes, that is a polo shirt. Probably not Polo brand, but looks like polo style to me. I see a collar above the buttons.

  • G Clifford Prout

    I’m thinkin the person works at Marios.

  • Southeast Ben

    Perhaps he left his cup and they can pull the DNA off of that?

  • JMB

    Robbing a Presidential Bank instead of a BB&T. That ain’t the Arlington Way!


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