HOUSTON - One of Crime Stoppers' top 10 "Most Wanted" bank robbers has been arrested, authorities said.
Kyle Lee Puglisi, 27, also known as "the bearded bank robber," was captured at America's Best Inn and Suites Hotel on North Freeway on Wednesday.
The arrest happened shortly after a bank robbery at the First Community Credit Union on FM 2920 and the Crime-Stoppers' "Most Wanted" press conference, police said.
Crime Stoppers, the FBI, the Houston Police Department and the Harris County Sheriff's Office all participated in the press conference and Puglisi's arrest.
To learn more about the "Most Wanted" list, visit the Crime Stoppers web site.
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CAPTURED! This man is wanted in several bank robberies in July and August. He passes threatening notes to tellers. He's wanted in connection with the following robberies: July 2, 2012: 8550 Highway 6 North Aug. 7, 2012: 1461 Spring Cypress Aug. 20, 2012: 10306 S. Post Oak Road Aug. 20, 2012: 612 N. Victory
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This woman is wanted in three bank robberies. She wears a distinctive wig and sunglasses to conceal her identity. Investigators said she gives tellers notes threatening bodily harm. She has claimed to have a gun, a bomb or both in each note, detectives said. She is wanted in the following robberies: June 5, 2012: 9700 Katy Freeway June 16, 2012: 9300 Katy Freeway July 6, 2012: 9700 Katy Freeway
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This man robbed a bank in the 1600 block of West Bay Area Boulevard on Aug. 20, 2012. Investigators said he handed the teller a threatening note demanding cash. Detectives said the note claimed that he had a bomb and would detonate it if he didn't get money. He wore a blue workman's jumpsuit, sunglasses and an orange cowboy hat.
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On June 20, 2012, a man in a red Dodge pickup truck went into the drive through a bank in the 1100 block of Edgewood Drive and put a device into the drive-through tray, which he claimed was a bomb, investigators said. The man threatened to detonate it if he wasn't given cash, officials said. The driver was described as white or Hispanic with a light complexion and thin build. At the time of the robbery, he wore a wig under a blue baseball cap.
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This man robbed a bank in the 3500 block of South Highway 6 on June 14, 2012. Detectives said he handed a teller a note demanding cash. After he got the cash, he forced the teller to escort him out of the building, officials said. Investigators he tried to rob another bank that day, but he failed. He was described as black and 5 feet 8 inches to 6 feet tall with a thin build. He wore a Jamaican hat and a dreadlocks wig at the time of the robbery. He also spoke with a fake accent. He left the bank in a green Ford Windstar.
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This man is suspected of robbing a bank in the 200 block of West Greens Road on Jan. 1, 2012. The suspect told a bank teller, in Spanish, that he wanted $3,000 and his son is sick, investigators said. He then showed the teller a weapon, officials said. The man was described as Hispanic and about 35 years old. He left the bank in a burgundy 2008 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck.
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These two men are wanted in a series of takeover-style robberies throughout the Houston area. The men go into a bank, wielding pistols, and one of them subdues the customers and employees while the other takes cash, investigators said. They are suspected in the following robberies: Jan. 17, 2012: 1118 North Freeway Feb. 25, 2012: 3800 Westheimer March 24, 2012: 2801 Kirby April 9, 2012: 5700 Woodway April 10, 2012: 13700 East Freeway April 21, 201: 2005 Taylor June 1, 2012: 13700 East Freeway June 25, 2012: 1625 South Voss
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