Police are asking the public’s help to identify a man who robbed a BB&T Bank at the Rose Hill Shopping Center on Thursday morning.
The robbery, which was one of three in Fairfax County in the span of just a few hours on Thursday, happened just before 10 a.m. at 5203 Franconia Road (see map). The robber implied that he had a gun and was given an undisclosed amount of cash before fleeing on foot. No injuries were reported.
The suspect wore a mask and construction helmet, and is described by police as being a black man, approximately 6 feet tall and 180 pounds.
The same bank was also robbed in October; the suspect in that case is believed to be “The Beltway Bank Bandit,” who is wanted by the FBI for allegedly being involved in 14 bank robberies around the area.
Thursday’s robbery was also the second time in 10 days that a bank in the Rose Hill area was a robbed. On December 10 a Burke & Herbert Bank a few blocks west at 5519 Franconia Road was robbed (see map). The suspect in that incident also wore a mask and construction helmet, and was described by police as being 6 feet tall and 180 pounds.
Thursday’s robbery was the first of three in county. A Bank of America on Rolling Road in Springfield was held up early in the afternoon, and a SunTrust Bank in the 9400 block of Richmond Highway in Lorton was hit shortly after that.
It is not yet known if any of the robberies are related. Images of the suspects in those robberies in Springfield and Lorton had not been released as of the publication of this article.
Police are asking anyone with information about the robberies to call their Major Crimes Bureau at (703) 246-7800. Tips can be submitted anonymously through Crime Solvers by visiting http://www.fairfaxcrimesolvers.org, or calling 1-866-411-TIPS.