The FBI recently launched a new national website dedicated to identifying unknown bank robbers from the FBI’s 56 field offices, according to a recent news release from the Department of Justice.
The website features traditional wanted posters, surveillance pictures of unknown bank robbers and will allow the public to search by the unknown robber's nickname, location and date of the robbery.
In fiscal year 2012, 49 bank robberies occurred in the Washington, D.C. and Northern Virginia areas — 15 in D.C. and 34 in Northern Virginia. This amount accounts for the fewest number of robberies in more than ten years, according to the news release. In 2011, 80 bank robberies were reported in the area, with 23 in D.C. and 57 in Northern Virginia.
The new site includes bank robbery fugitives in D.C. and the Northern Virginia area. Starting Thursday, digital bus shelter billboards in Washington, D.C. will feature the website with surveillance photos of unknown bank robbers in the D.C. and Northern Virginia areas. The FBI has launched the new site to receive assistance from the public in identifying unknown subjects.
Many bank robberies happen using a note or verbal demand, according to the release. The use of violent threats and weapons is also common. The FBI Washington Field Office's Violent Crimes Task Force has been working with local law enforcement in the region to combat individuals who rob, attempt to rob or break into local financial institutions.