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NY-NJ FBI Launch New Website for Bank Robbers

(Left to right) FBI Assistant Special Agent in Charge (ASAC) Michael Harpster, Newark Division; ASAC Belle Chen, New York Division; ETS Chief Operating Officer Steve Childress; and ETS North Central Regional Managing Director Rick Battelle Photo Credit: Matthew Coleman, FBI
Press conference announcing site: (Left to right) FBI Assistant Special Agent in Charge (ASAC) Michael Harpster, Newark Division; ASAC Belle Chen, New York Division; ETS Chief Operating Officer Steve Childress; and ETS North Central Regional Managing Director Rick Battelle Photo Credit: Matthew Coleman, FBI

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Law enforcement continues to take advantage of the Internet to try and solve crimes.

The latest is a new FBI website, BanditTracker NorthEast, that features photos and descriptions of bank robbers in 13 counties in New York and 18 counties in New Jersey.

“This website has proven to be a very effective tool for other FBI offices in identifying and catching bank robbers, and we expect it to be a great asset for New York,” head of the N.Y. FBI Joseph Demarest Jr. said in a statement issued Wednesday. “The site will provide 24-hour access for the public, bank employees and the news media. And it will provide confidential information to law enforcement around the clock.”

The FBI has launched similar sites in Arkansas, Chicago, Georgia, Indiana, Texas and St. Louis.

Electronic Billboard Helps FBI Identify Bank Robber

This is a great technology. In the past, the FBI has not taken full advantage of the media and the latest technology when it comes to catching bank robbers. Often times, the agency has waited until a robber held up more than a dozen banks, and sometimes more than 20, before distributing photos to the media. Why wait?

WHNT News photo

WHNT News photo

By DUNCAN MANSFIELD
Associated Press Writer
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — The brazen bank robber didn’t bother to hide his face as he threatened tellers with a gun in at least 10 heists from Kentucky to the Carolinas to Tennessee.

Now the FBI has named a suspect after bank surveillance photos from holdups dating to May were flashed on electronic billboards across the South. And authorities say the same man is now suspected of robbing an Indiana bank on Friday.