Banks hit by Bucket List Bandit, according to FBI

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Posted: Sep 14, 2012 6:22 PM
Banks hit by Bucket List Bandit, according to FBI

Michael Eugene Brewster of Pensacola, Fla., accused of being the "Bucket List Bandit" for suggesting to bank tellers that he only had months to live, is suspected of robbing 10 banks in nine states since the start of summer, according to the FBI. His itinerary, according to FBI documents and media accounts of the recent robberies:


June 21 — Chase Bank in Arvada, Colo., a Denver suburb. The FBI said there is no information on whether the robber said he was terminally ill.

June 27 — Chase Bank in Flagstaff, Ariz. The FBI says the robber did not say anything about being terminally ill. Flagstaff is 676 miles from Arvada.

July 6 — Pocatello Ireland Bank in Pocatello, Idaho, 681 miles from Flagstaff. Local police said they were not aware of the robber claiming to be dying and that the lack of a disguise suggested he was from out of town.

July 6 — Wells Fargo Bank in Roy, Utah, 132 miles from Pocatello. FBI says robber told a teller that he had only months to live, earning the nickname "Bucket List Bandit."

July 20 — Bank of America in Winston-Salem, N.C., 2,034 miles from Roy.

Aug. 3 — BB&T Bank in Chattanooga, Tenn., 344 miles from Winston-Salem.

Aug. 17 — PNC Bank in Bloomington, Ill, 534 miles from Chattanooga.

Aug. 29— Landmark Bank in Columbia, Mo., 252 miles from Bloomington.

Aug. 30 — Lindell Bank, O'Fallon, Mo., a St. Louis suburb 92 miles from Columbia.

Sept. 10 — Huntington Bank, Erie, Pa. - 680 miles from O'Fallon. Robber took $4,080 plus a dye-pack intended to mark the robber and the bills, according to FBI affidavit. "The robber then told the victim teller wording to the effect that he had cancer and did not care what happens, to give him a minute."

Sept. 12 — Confidential source gives Brewster's name and birthdate to FBI.

Sept. 13 — Huntington Bank teller picks Brewster's photo from array of six images. Another confidential informant tells another agent that someone "known to him as Mike Brewster advised that he had been robbing banks." An arrest warrant is issued. That night, police in Roland, Okla., contact Brewster at a traffic stop. After noting a Utah license plate doesn't fit an SUV registered in Florida, officers contact the FBI, which makes the link.

Sept. 14 — Brewster appears in court in Muskogee, Okla.