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Odds against bank robbers like the 'backpack bandit'

A reward of up to $10,000 is being offered for information on the backpack bandit. A reward of up to $10,000 is being offered for information on the backpack bandit.

By Ramsay Wharton – bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Last March the so-called "backpack bandit" started his crime spree.

Of Hawaii's 27 bank robberies last year, only 10 remain unsolved and the backpack bandit is tied to four of them.

Police have a suspect but still need your help.

To sweeten the pot, there's up to a $10,000 reward for information leading to his arrest.

So look closely at the surveillance photos. Sometimes he has a mustache and wears disguises, like this black and white curly wig.

He has a baseball cap all the time and a pair of sunglasses that he wears on it.

More importantly, he's armed.

Though the bandits first two robberies were in town last March and May, his last two were in Kunia in the fall, both at the same Bank of Hawaii branch on Kupuohi street.

He wore a ball cap with "old" on it possibly an Old Navy cap again with sunglasses on top and his watch has a large, white face.

The bandit's described as in his 30s or 40s, between 5 feet 6 inches to 5 feet 8 inches tall, and weighing from 180 to 200 pounds.

Over the past eight years Hawaii has averaged about 25 bank robberies a year and police have a high percentage of solving them.

In 2009 they solved 16 of 16 cases. This year they're five for five.

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