Metro Police identify alleged ‘blue bucket bandit’

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Metro Police are searching for 41-year-old Russell Fowler and they need the public’s help.

According to officers, Fowler is suspected in several incidents involving package thefts and thefts of surveillance cameras from the front of homes in the northwest. 

On Dec. 31 detectives with the LVMPD Northwest Area Command Patrol Investigations Section received a report of the theft of a surveillance camera from the front porch of a residence located in the area of West Lake Mead Boulevard and North Rampart Boulevard. 

The victim in this case became aware of other residents in the neighborhood who had been the victim of similar crimes, so the latest victim told police.

Through their investigation detectives were able to identify the suspect in these cases as Fowler. Fowler could be seen in many of these incidents arriving in front of homes with a blue bucket that he would use to stand on to reach the security cameras. He would rip the cameras off the mount and then leave the area, police said. 

Fowler is also a suspect in some package thefts. Video surveillance from some of these cases can be viewed below.

As of this release, Fowler has been linked to at least nine incidents.

Anyone with any information on the whereabouts of Russell Fowler, anyone with any information on any of these cases, or anyone who believes they may have been a victim but have yet to make a report, is urged to contact the Northwest Area Command Patrol Investigations Section at 702-828-8577. To remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers by
phone at 702-385-5555 or on the internet at www.crimestoppersofnv.com. 

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