Mt. Vernon bank robbery suspect in federal custody, known as ‘traveling bandit’

Traveling bank bandit in custody

SPRINGFIELD, IL (KFVS) - A Kentucky man has been arrested by the FBI in Colorado in connection to a January 2019 bank robbery in Mt. Vernon, Illinois.

According to the FBI, Jason Lee Robinson, 49, of Pikeville, Ky. was arrested on federal bank robbery charges.

Investigators say Robinson is know as the “traveling bandit” and is wanted for a number of bank robberies across the country including Illinois, Florida, North Carolina, Tennessee, Alabama and Utah.

The Fifth Third Bank was robbed on Monday, January 14 in Mt. Vernon.

Robinson was arresed in Fruita Colorado by FBI Special Agents out of the Denver Field Office. He remains in federal custody.

Robinson was convicted in 2009 on various federal charges. He is accused of taking $1,900 from a bank in Aventura, Florida on Dec. 28, 2018.

A probation officer tried to contact Robinson at his home on January 18 but did not find him there. Family members said they had not seen him since Jan. 10.

Robinson’s truck was consistent with a getaway vehicle seen at previous robberies on surveillance video. An acquaintance called the FBI tip line after seeing his picture and said it looked like Robinson.

Agencies investigating include: the Asheville Police Department, Aventura Police Department, Mt. Juliet Police Department, Mt. Vernon Police Department, Prattville Police Department, Price Police Department, the South Florida Violent Crime Task Force and the FBI.

Anyone with information about the investigation should call the FBI at (217) 522-9675 or Jefferson County Crimestoppers (618) 242-8477.

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