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Police seeking public's help in identifying the 'Nerdy Bandit'

by: PORTLAND POLICE BUREAU - Police are seeking the public's help in identifying the man referred to as the 'Nerdy Bandit' who is suspected in three robberies. Portland Police Bureau Robbery detectives are asking for the public's help in identifying a robbery suspect, referred to as the "Nerdy Bandit."

The suspect has been connected to three robberies that took place in October at three different locations.

On Oct. 4, at approximately 7:55 p.m., the suspect walked up to the counter at the American Apparel store, located at 3410 Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard, and presented a demand note implying that he was armed. After obtaining an undisclosed amount of cash, the suspect walked out of the store and was last seen walking eastbound on Hawthorne.

On Oct. 11, at approximately 8:34 p.m., investigators believe the same suspect entered the American Apparel store located at 1234 Southwest Stark Street and presented a demand note to the employee, who ran away from the register. The suspect then fled the store and was last seen running westbound on West Burnside Street. The suspect did not obtain any money in this robbery.

Finally on Oct. 13, at approximately 6:30 p.m., investigators believe that the same suspect entered the Urban Outfitters store located at 2320 Northwest Westover Road and demanded money from the employee, but this time the suspect was armed with a handgun. After obtaining an undisclosed amount of money, the suspect fled out the back entrance onto Northwest 24th Avenue.

In all three robberies, the suspect enters the store and browses for clothing for several minutes before committing the robbery.

The suspect is described as a white male, early 20s to early 30s, 5'8" to 6' tall, skinny build, brown hair, "nerdyish" (according to a witness), wearing a hat (different in each robbery), yellow teeth, and black-rimmed glasses.

Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information, reported to Crime Stoppers, that leads to an arrest in this case, or any unsolved felony, and you can remain anonymous.

Leave a Crime Stoppers tip online at http://crimestoppersoforegon.com/submit_online_tip.php text CRIMES (274637) and in the subject line put 823HELP, followed by your tip, or call 503-823-HELP (4357) and leave your tip information.