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BREAKING NEWS — Bank Robbery on Lee Highway

by ARLnow.com August 4, 2011 at 2:25 pm 8,056 89 Comments

(Updated at 4:35 p.m.) The BB&T bank at 5515 Lee Highway was robbed this afternoon — the second robbery there so far this summer.

The suspect (seen, left, in a surveillance image from today) is described as a 6-foot-tall white male in his late 50’s. The man, who has graying hair under his baseball cap, walked into the bank and demanded money, according to Arlington Police spokeswoman Det. Crystal Nosal. No weapon was shown or implied.

Police believe he’s the the man who’s suspected of three other bank robberies in Arlington this summer, including a robbery in June at the very same bank and a robbery yesterday in Clarendon.

This is the sixth bank robbery in Arlington and the ninth bank robbery in the Arlington and Falls Church areas since the beginning of June.

Photo courtesy Arlington County Police Department

  • Lou


  • normal

    And the second one TODAY!

    • SaveDaveMcKenna

      Does that double the 17:1 payout?

      • Rick

        Hard 6 Hard 6 gimmie a 6!

        • Lee-n-Glebe

          Big Money, No Whammies!

          • FairlingtonD

            I’ll take the center square to block.

          • Tre

            I’d like to buy a vowel

      • Southeast Ben

        Oddsmakers did not see 2 in 1 day occuring. It will be in all future oddsmakers series posted on Arlnow.

    • Scott

      At this rate they can probably get another one in before dinner.

  • JamesE

    2 FOR 1 !!! Everything must go!!!

  • Lee-n-Glebe

    OK, I know it’s the start of grass season, but there seems to be something else in the air too.

  • Bluemontsince1961

    BB&T again?!?!??! Sheesh, this yahoo must have it in for BB&T. And in Falls Church some other [email protected] a-hat hit Sun Trust. I know the economy is in the hole and not getting much better, but jeeze, already! Next thing you know, Pretty Boyd Floyd, John Dillinger, and Bonnie and Clyde will come back from the grave with their Tommy Guns and 1930-something Ford V-8s!

    • Dezlboy

      Tommy Guns would be more exciting.

    • Burger

      You do know that there is something like 7000 bank robberies in the US every year.

      • normal

        Most of them in Arlington.

        • MomOfTeens

          + 1

      • Bluemontsince1961

        I didn’t know there were quite that many, Burger. Arlington does seem to be getting a greater proportion of them recently!

        “Bonnie and Clyde were pretty looking people
        But I can tell you people
        They were the devil’s children
        Bonnie and Clyde began their evil doing
        One lazy afternoon down Savannah way
        They robbed a store and
        Hightailed outa that town
        Got clean away in a stolen car
        And waited till the heat died down
        Bonnie and Clyde advanced their reputation
        And made the graduation
        Into the banking business
        ‘Reach for the sky’ sweet-talking Clyde would holler
        As Bonnie loaded dollars in the dewlap bag
        Now one brave man-he tried to take ’em alone
        They left him lying in a pool of blood
        And laughed about it all the way home.
        Bonnie and Clyde got to be public enemy number one
        Lyrics http://www.allthelyrics.com/lyrics/georgie_fame/
        Running and hiding
        From every American lawman’s gun
        They used to laugh about dying
        But deep inside ’em they knew
        That pretty soon they’d be lying
        Beneath the ground together
        Pushing up daisies to welcome the sun
        And the morning dew
        Acting upon reliable information
        A federal deputation laid a deadly ambush
        When Bonnie and Clyde came walking in the sunshine
        A half a dozen carbines opened up on them
        Bonnie and Clyde
        They lived a lot together
        And finally
        They died together.”

        Georgie Fame 1967

      • SaveDaveMcKenna

        I’d be curious to see how this “spree” compares to other demos. Maybe Allison Klein will write it up in the Post.

        • esmith69

          I posted this factoid on one of the other robbery threads, but to summarize: Arlington County needs to have a total of 27 bank robberies for the entire year to be on par with the rate of bank robberies in L.A. County last year. Not the best standard to strive for….and besides I think we’ve probably already reached that number by now.

          • Steve

            LA County = 4,752 square miles, 9,818K people, 165 bank robberies in 2010 –> robbery rate = 0.035/square mile, 0.017 /1000 people

            Arlington County = 26 square miles, 208K people, 6 robberies since June ==> robbery rate = 0.23/square mile, 0.029/1000 people.

            We’re way ahead of LA on this one (even just counting since June).

          • esmith69

            I was calculating it just based on bank robberies per capita, not factoring in the geographic size of the county. Also, I used what another poster had claimed was the total number of bank robberies for all of LA County for 2010 (they claimed something like 1300). No idea where they got that number from though honestly…

          • Richard Cranium

            Has anyone done the calculation on a per-Starbucks basis?

      • SomeGuy

        There were 5,546 bank robberies in 2010. 4,997 were against commercial banks like BB&T, SunTrust, etc.

        More stats are available from the FBI’s site here:

        • Burger

          I think 7000 was from a couple of years ago.

  • John Fontain

    These bank robbers are so busy robbing that they aren’t allowing themselves any down time to actually spend the money.

    • normal

      They hire a service for that.

    • greenie

      Part of the new reality they are saving their money rather than spend it.

    • Hank

      Maybe it is the Fed’s QE3 program.
      Rather than running the printing presses we will steal it from the greedy banks that are not lending it out. Then use the $$$ to buy U.S. Treasuries.

  • G

    Why don’t they just put the tellers behind bulletproof glass like most of the banks in NYC?

    • Rick

      Most banks around here use glass. But keep in mind its Bullet-proof. Singlular. Multiple bullets are another story

      • Aaron

        Glass wouldn’t do anything to solve the problem. One of the DC area bank robberies earlier this year took place in the drive-thru. Why didn’t the teller just walk away from the window instead of stuffing a bag full of cash through the little drawer?

        • greenie

          That happened a few years ago in Florida, later found out the teller was in on it. If this one wasn’t should lose their job due to stupidity.

      • ZoningVictim

        Not according to the shows I’ve seen. In one show a guy opened up on a piece of bullet-proof glass with a battle rifle; 30 rounds of full-auto fire and not a single bullet breached the glass.

  • another one???? Wow. No wonder I’m not seeing policecars in the usual speed traps – they are all out chasing fanthom bank robbers.

    • Burger

      Of course, police are only first responders in this actions – it is the FBI that investigates bank robberies – which were the initial reason for the FBI forming.

      • Chuck

        The FBI was founded to police interstate crimes, not bank robberies.

        • SaveDaveMcKenna

          Not to cover up JEH’s personal life?

        • Burger

          Umm…how many times did bank robbers rob a bank and then cross state lines.

  • Lee-n-Glebe

    Over/Under on # of banks the “older white male” can knock over before being busted? Can I parlay that with a closest-to-the-pin on his total haul?

    • Rick

      9. 473,000 dollars.

      • CW

        No way he’s making off with 50 grand a pop.

        • Richard Cranium

          Agreed. I’d be betting at him coming in at under $20k a pop; probably under $10. Because that’s what I used to get.

          Wait – Did I write that or just think it? D’OH!! Stupid brain.

  • Steve

    Maybe the Virginia Lottery can come out with a Which Arlington Bank gets robbed today game?

  • steve85

    Yo this is getting crazy now. I’m glad I have online banking now.

    • G Clifford Prout

      I keep pointing a gun at my monitor and it won’t give me any money.

      • Richard Cranium

        You either? I’m thinking about threatening it with a chainsaw to up the terror factor.

        • forgot something

          You were supposed to throw caustic yet non-threatening liquid at it at least a day ahead of time, THEN threaten it.

      • Tre


    • PikerShorts

      I thought I was safe until USAA opened that dangerous Pentagon City branch

  • Josh S

    They should go to the upscale jeweler model – you can only get in if they buzz you in. I mean, I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve been inside the bank in the last five years. And most of those were to get a roll of quarters…..So you’ve got an empty establishment full of money with tellers trained to give it to you with no questions asked. What the hell?

  • Stan

    I remember seeing signs in vienna on banks saying customers could not wear baseball hats inside. With this guy keep hitting Arl banks – and he apparently is wearing a baseball hat – wouldnt be surprised to see the signs in Arl.

    Whatdaya bet BB&T foreclosed on the guys house?

    • Just Me

      You think they are not going to wear a hat? They are robbing the place and you are not allowed to do that so I don’t think they are going to care about the no hat sign.

      Someone will recognize him from this photo.

  • Matt

    Police are too busy monitoring HOV checkpoints in Arlington…

    • Can’t Get Any Odder

      Nah, they are out patrolling for renegade dog murals !!

  • Alexandrian

    Is this getting comical? Seriously, wth?

  • If anyone out there is looking to rob a bank, now’s the time. The fuzz is busy at the other two.

  • Arlwhenever

    ‘Bout time Homeland Security starts screening bank customers.

    • Blueloom

      Will we have to take off our shoes for the drive-thru? Or just to go into the bank?

      (BTW: that’s the branch I use. Glad White-Guy-in-Baseball-Cap wasn’t in there yesterday afternoon.)

  • Tre

    What in the fried tilapia is going on here?????

    I might take off Friday and just stand in front of a BB&T all day. Undercover ARLnow Agent.

    • Maria

      Between all of us, we could probably get this taken care of in a day or two.

      • Tre

        Agreed… I’m going to give every customer that walks in the Larry David truth gaze. It’s time we put an end to Pixelgate

  • Don Ager

    How do you miss a guy wearing a neon green shirt? He must have changed shirts or something after he left the bank.

  • esmith69

    I think the fact that the guy didn’t even imply that he had a weapon is telling. Really think banks should re-evaluate this “no resistance” policy.

    So basically anyone that walks into a bank now and just says “give me some money” will be handed over a bunch of cash with no questions asked?? Even when they don’t even display or just imply that they have a weapon??

    • Lou

      I think this guy fits the description of the guy that robbed this same bank back in June. They probably just recognized him as a repeat customer and dispensed with all the formalities about threats of force and what not.

    • SamsontheCat

      “Oh Old Guy, you don’t have a weapon? Oh, ok, let me get the money here and…hmm…looks like there’s too much to fit through the window. I’ll just walk it around here to you and since I’m here I might as well BEAT YOU WITH THIS METAL ROPE STAND SITTING CONVENIENTLY NEXT TO YOU!”

      So simple.

  • Sherlock

    Until these banks decide to invest in quality cameras that can actually capture the guy’s face, even when he is wearing an elaborate disguise such as a baseball cap, it is going to be hard to stop it. Of course, our robber friends are trying to make it a bit easier by choosing bicycles and a nice pair of walking shoes as their get away vehicles. When a guy doesn’t take the time to wear a mask, wear gloves, or case a new place, you know he is getting lazy and more comfortable with getting caught. This guy probably robs the Lee Highway one and then deposits it in the Clarendon one.

    • LuvDusty

      I thought it was customary for banks to have a security guard stationed at the door? I’ve seen this at many Wachovias (the one in CoHe has it) and even at the one in Ballston when I walked in.

      That would solve this sort of problem.

  • Jon


  • VaSqJay

    Would it have killed him to spend a couple of bucks on a better shirt?

    • CW

      That color shirt is popular with companies in the construction trades. High visibility. Just saying.

      • Lou

        It was also a popular OP shirt color back in the 80s.

  • ARLrez

    I did not see this coming.

  • That teller should have grabbed the guy by the cap and given him one right between the eyes. She could have had him in 5 seconds – bet that man has no muscle mass. Can’t believe the tellers just stand there and hand over the cash – particularly this guy!

    • LAUREN 2

      My dear !!!!!! it can happen to anyone.
      Don’t judge if you don’t know.
      Everyone reacts in a different way.
      Let see how you’ll react if you get robb on the street.

  • M Smith

    Even the dye packs can’t stop this old guy. He can just claim he is aggressive with the daubers at bingo.

    • It looks like the dye pack already exploded all over that shirt.

      • steve85

        Good one

  • DarkHeart

    Sounds like we to get Joe Lefors and Lord Baltimore out of retirement.

  • M L Field

    Why is his picture not on every lamppost in Arlington? He is so unsuspicious looking that something is needed and that would make everyone look at everyone – he’s probably walking on Wilson Blvd. and Lee Hwy every day…..and no one would suspect since older white men don’t get profiled, right?

    • Southeast Ben

      Because Arlington County has rules against signage…

  • JimPB

    Several contributors of comments sound like they just might be willing to volunteer to be “crime-stopper” tellers, perhaps for the possibility of stimulating a new “crime-stopper” TV series in which citizens “make their day” stopping crime.

    WIth hidden cameras rolling, the “crime-stopper” tellers would respond to a demand to hand over money with variations of a “hell, no,” a flip of one hand to robber’s cap to knock it off the would be robber’s head, and a nose-bloodening punch to the robber’s nose with the other hand. Next, a hurdle over the counter and a kick to the you know what organ to bend the robber over followed by a chop to the back of the neck to floor him. The grand finale: a stomp or two (or more) to thoroughly flatten the robber out while shouting, “You made my day.”

    The episodes would be more exciting than the tales of those doing the Arlington car-free diet, and “You made my day” might just become the slogan for Arlington.

    The “crime-stopper” tellers would be so confident of success that they would waive any compensation for injuries that might be inflicted by a robber as well as survivor benefits in case the robber killed them.

    I’m really eager to see these “reality” videos.

    Ready. Quiet. Action.

    P.S. In a recent movie (“Grand Torino”), the now senior citizen Clint Eastwood plays a senior citizen character that is not Dirty Harry, but there are clear allusions and explicit contrasts to Dirty Harry and his “Make my day” stance.

    • CW


    • BoredHouseWife

      You should shop it. Hollywood is that desperate.

    • ZoningVictim

      That sounds like too much work, can I just use my rubber bullet shooting, mace dispensing, alarm sounding, 911 dialing, GPS enabled, non-existent self-protection device? Haha

    • normal

      GRAN Torino, not Grand.

  • Just Me

    Isn’t it about time for today’s robbery?

  • R0bespierre

    Banks need booby traps. Pull a lever, customer standing at the window falls into a matted basement. Robbery genre eradicated.

  • From the Hill

    It’s Uncle Junior!


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