Bank robber suspect caught after using his iPhone to type demands


By EMILY ANNE EPSTEIN

PUBLISHED: 20:09 EST, 13 September 2012 UPDATED: 09:42 EST, 14 September 2012


Police have released more information about the bank robber who used his iPhone to type his stick-up note in a Florida heist, linking him to more than eight robberies around the country.

Pembroke Pines officials said that Andre Sanders, which may or may not be his real name, used numerous disguises in the heists, but usually opted to wear his trademark Ralph Lauren Polo T-shirt and his smartphone.

Sanders was arrested on Tuesday after he allegedly robbed two South Florida banks and a quick-thinking police officer caught him in the act.


 
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Caught: Pembroke Pines officials said that Andre Sanders, which may or may not be his real name, used numerous disguises in the heists, but usually opted to wear his trademark Ralph Lauren Polo T-shirt and his smartphone

 

 
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White Shirt: This shot was taken on March 2012 at a bank in Pembroke Pines, Florida

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Black Shirt: This shot was taken on September 4, 2012 at a Chase bank in Pembroke Pines, Florida

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Grey Shirt: This shot was taken on September 7, 2012 at a Chase bank in Tarmac, Florida

 

















































‘He had body armor on,’ Sgt Lawrence Diaco told MailOnline. ‘He was prepared for an armed encounter.’

He first struck a Wells Fargo with a hand-written stick-up note and then five minutes later a Chase with his smart phone.

 

Police said he made off with some money from the Wells Fargo bank, but it exploded with red dye so he left it in the parking lot.

Minutes later, he entered the Chase bank and an officer outside recognized his getaway car – and the red dye on his hands.

He used his signature iPhone note at the Chase, but was collared outside.

Officials said he had bad handwriting and grammar, so he uses his cellphone to help him communicate.

‘We did recover the phone and it had the robbery message, “This is a bank robbery give me all your money,”‘ Sgt Diaco said.

 
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Disguises: Officials said he had bad handwriting and grammar, so he uses his cellphone to help him communicate. They believe he wore a wig in some robberies to disguise himself, in addition to bulky body armor to make off with thousands of dollars. He is pictured at two other heists this year

He used his phone in at least one other robbery and police have footage of a man they believe to be him hitting up banks across the state in red, grey, white and black Polo shirts.

‘That’s kind of what got him caught,’ Sgt Diaco said. ‘He’s wanted all over the country.’

They believe he wore a wig in some robberies to disguise himself, in addition to bulky body armor to make off with thousands of dollars.

 
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First: Sanders was arrested on Tuesday after he allegedly robbed two South Florida banks and a quick-thinking police officer caught him in the act

 

 
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Second: He first struck a Wells Fargo with a hand-written stick-up note and then five minutes later a Chase with his smart phone

The Pembroke Pines police department says they are working with the FBI to definitively identify him. 

They believe he’s committed similar crimes in Texas and Georgia as well.

‘It’s important to get the word out so we can identify him in other robberies around the country,’ Sgt Diaco said, adding that though he’s been armed, he hasn’t hurt anyone that they know of yet. 

Sanders is currently awaiting a bond hearing.

‘They’re not going to let him out,’ Sgt Diaco said.


http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2203035/The-yuppie-bandit-Bank-robber-suspected-EIGHT-heists-caught-using-iPhone-type-demands–wearing-Ralph-Lauren-polo-shirt.html


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