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FBI: Serial bank robber "Double Hat Bandit" arrested

A serial bank robber wanted for robberies ranging from Spokane to Salt Lake City, has been arrested by the FBI.

54-year-old Shayne Carson, who is believed to be the “Double Hat Bandit,” was arrested Thursday in the parking lot of a motel in Whiteland, Indiana.

Carson has been charged in a criminal complaint with the December 19, 2016 armed robbery of the U.S. Bank in West Valley City, Utah. According to the complaint, he is also a suspect in 13 other bank robberies throughout Utah, Washington, Oregon, Colorado, and Idaho, ranging from December 19, 2016, to July 22, 2017.

Authorities believe Carson is responsible for robbing two Alaskan Federal Credit Union's in Spokane on Jan. 3, 2017.  Both branches are inside Safeway stores on Mission Ave. and Wellesley Ave.

In the robberies, Carson wore two hats, which earned him his nickname. He has also been identified as a suspect in additional bank robberies in Colorado, Iowa, and Ohio.

Carson had his initial appearance and arraignment in court on the criminal complaint Friday before the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana. He will likely be transferred to Utah to face charges filed there.
   


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