FBI investigating rash of Nashville bank robberies

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One after another, robbery suspects were caught on bank surveillance. There have been five in Nashville in less than a week’s time, but investigators are still hunting them down.  

“They’re crimes of opportunity, sometimes desperation,” said Assistant Special Agent in charge of the FBI’s Nashville office, Matt Espenshade.  

These are federal crimes, that means the FBI is on the case. Espenshade said his agents and a task force are attacking these investigations.  

“It continues to be something the FBI responds to in a very effective manner,” said Espenshade. “The large majority are solved very quickly.”  

Around 60 percent, nationally, end in prosecution. But locally these unsolved cases are called note jobs. A note demanding money was used in all five.  

Metro Police said one suspect, 49-year-old James Fox is a convicted bank robber, but he struck again Tuesday at a Fifth Third bank on Church Street.  

Investigators hope the public can recognize one or all of the suspects and be good witnesses. 

“They’re critical to solving a bank robbery case,” Espenshade said.  

That can be during the crime. It involves watching a suspect as they leave the bank, by car or on foot, also the direction. It’s critical to be calm, though it’s difficult. 

“The victim, the teller, the other people in the bank are usually traumatized by the robbery,” said Espenshade.   

And that’s why cameras are in place. Without question, surveillance will be the key in solving these. The pictures, along with tips from the public, agents hope, will help them crack each case.  

The five robberies happened between July 19 and July 24. If you have any information that could lead to an arrest call Metro Nashville Crimestoppers at 615-74-CRIME.  

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