Apr 9, 2010 6:03 AM by News First 5

Man wanted by FBI appears on electronic billboard

Every six seconds, an electronic billboard on Austin Bluffs Blvd near Oro Blanco changes but there's one ad the FBI wants you to see.

"It's very beneficial," said Dave Joly, an FBI spokesperson.  "It creates more leads, more information and also more exposure that we can have for this individual."

Its' a life-size image of a bank robber known as ‘the portfolio bandit.' "He carries a black portfolio. He comes into the bank," said Joly.

Since December 2008, he's hit 11 banks in the Denver Metro Area  but the FBI believes he's from the Springs.  "We feel his escape route might be highway 83 or I-25," he said.

To help catch him, Lamar Advertising made a sign to catch your eye. They also donated the ad space, which would usually cost about $2000.

"It's something that we can give back to the community to make Colorado Springs a safer, better place to live," said Hal Ward of Lamar.  The sign will be up for the next 10 days -- so take a look.



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