FBI uses Internet to solicit tips

The FBI is deputizing Internet surfers to help the agency locate people suspected of robbing banks in the Washington area.

FBI uses Internet to solicit tips
The FBI is deputizing Internet surfers to help the agency locate people suspected of robbing banks in the Washington area.

In an unprecedented move, the FBI's Washington and Baltimore field offices are posting surveillance pictures on the Web of bank robbery suspects, The Washington Post reported Friday.

With bank robberies on the rise nationally, especially those committed by heavily armed and violent teams, the FBI said it hoped the Web posting will lead to more arrests.

"No tip is a bad tip and any tip is a good tip. That's how we look at it," Special Agent Jeff Johannes of the FBI's Washington Field Office told the Post.

The FBI Web site, www.bankbandits.org, includes a "Captured Bandits" gallery, photos of wanted fugitives and a place to submit tips via e-mail. Some of the robberies date to September 2003.

There is also information on rewards and links to area law enforcement agencies.

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