FBI: 'Buddy Bandits' rob three banks in one hour

SEATTLE -- The Seattle Safe Streets Task Force is looking for a number of suspects who used the buddy system to rob three banks in one hour Wednesday and who have robbed five banks since the beginning of the month, according to the FBI.

The suspects, now being called the "Buddy Bandits," first struck a Chase Bank in Tacoma around 6:30 p.m. April 1 when one man reportedly used a note threatening violence and then left in a silver Nissan waiting for him.

According to the FBI, the suspects hit again around 3 p.m. April 7 at a US Bank in Puyallup when two men entered the bank and handed notes to separate tellers claiming to be armed.

On April 9, the Buddy Bandits robbed an Alaska Federal Credit Union in Renton at 4 p.m., an Alaska Federal Credit Union in Kent at 4:15 p.m., and a US Bank in Des Moines at 5 p.m., according to the FBI. During those robberies, one man would reportedly pass a note to a teller while the other man stood around.

During the April 9 robberies, the suspects were seen leaving in a waiting SUV, at one point described as a green Ford Explorer with gold trim.

According to the FBI, the Buddy Bandits are considered armed and dangerous.