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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -

A possible serial bank robber on the loose in Richmond has struck again.

Police believe he's responsible for three bank robberies and one attempted robbery. The New Generations Federal Credit Union on Robin Hood Road is the bank robber's latest target. Police say he hit the bank, which is not far from The Diamond, Tuesday afternoon. It continues his almost month-long spree.

An unexpected scene greeted customers at the bank around 3 p.m. Tuesday. 

"A bunch of black cars here with the little red lights and blue lights on them and two police cars in front of the door up there and that's as far as I got," said Cecil Belvin, who was just trying to cash a check when the bank was robbed. "I was thinking somebody had made a withdrawal, a big one!"

Police believe this isn't the first time the suspect seen in surveillance photos from Tuesday's robbery made this kind of illegal withdrawal.

Click here to see more pictures of the suspect: http://bit.ly/JDw74k

The first bank on the spree is the SunTrust on West Broad Street near Summit Avenue.  Police say on November 21 around 3:30 p.m. a man walked into the bank and handed the teller a note demanding money, but never displayed a weapon.

On December 4, it looks like the same guy hit the Gateway Bank on Patterson Avenue. Exactly a week later and a few blocks away, police say he tried to rob the BB&T, but didn't get away with any money.

Then came Tuesday's robbery, which Belvin missed by seconds. He hopes police get their guy soon, before it gets worse.

"He shouldn't be able to get away with it," he added. "That's encouragement for somebody else to try."

Detectives say they're working good leads and hope someone recognizes the suspect.

"We're definitely increasing patrols," Richmond Police Det. Mark Godwin explained. "We're going around to making checks on the banks, as well as disseminating information on preventive measures."

If you recognize the suspect, call Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000.

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