NORTH CAROLINA — The bank robbery suspect known as the Bad Wig Bandit has reportedly struck again. Federal and local authorities are looking for the suspect now accused of robbing four banks across the Charlotte-Metro area.

  • The same suspect has robbed four banks in North Carolina
  • The suspect has been dubbed the "Bad Wig Bandit"
  • Anyone with information is asked to contact their local FBI office

The most recent crime was reported at a BB&T Bank on Dana Road in Hendersonville. Shortly before 5 p.m. on Thursday, January 16, authorities say the black male suspect, around 5-foot-4, wearing a shoulder-length black wig and puffy jacket entered the bank and handed the teller a note demanding money. The suspect escaped with an undisclosed amount of money.


The same suspect, according to the FBI, is also responsible for three other robberies that took place on December 13 at a BB&T Bank in Huntersville, and on January 7 at a New Horizon Bank in Belmont and a Wells Fargo in Gastonia. 

Authorities say the suspect was wearing a wig based disguise in each of the crimes, and presented the tellers with a note demanding money.

In the Belmont robbery, police say the suspect claimed to have a gun but one was never presented. In that crime, he reportedly got away empty handed after the teller told him she could not get him any money.

In each of the other robberies however, investigators say he escaped with an undisclosed amount of money.

No injuries were ever reported.

In the previous robberies, the suspect was described as a black male in his mid-20s to early 30s, and was seen leaving the Gastonia robbery in a silver SUV.

The FBI says they are continuing to work with local authorities to identify this suspect.

Anyone with information is asked to call Gaston County Crime Stoppers at 704-861-8000, Mecklenburg County Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600, or the local FBI office.