Entries in Bandit (3)


Bulb-Eating Bank Robber Busted

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A New York City man who sought fame by breaking painful records like speed-eating light bulbs apparently isn't too bright.

Cops were looking for Robert Williams in connection with a string of eleven bank robberies in New York, reports the New York Daily News.

When Williams returned to one of the Brooklyn banks he allegedly knocked over on Wednesday, employees immediately recognized him -- and not for his bulb-eating record.

Williams was arrested and charged with robbing eleven banks.

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'Old Man' Stops Grinch From Stealing Christmas

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(TAYLOR, Mich.) -- Tom LaMay wasn't about to let the Grinch steal his Christmas. But that's what the 79-year-old Michigan man said he saw happening Christmas Eve when he and his wife Mary came home from shopping for bird seed.

LaMay told ABC affiliate WXYZ-TV in Detroit that when he pulled up to his house, there was a strange car in the driveway, with the trunk open and an old rag hanging over the license plate. He told his wife to call 911 while he investigated. As he walked up the driveway, he said, a man in his 20s confronted him and told him there was no one home.

"He reached for tire iron in the back of the car," LaMay said. "He said, 'I'm gonna hurt you, old man.'"

LaMay said he was able to wrestle the man to the ground, but as they struggled the suspected thief seemed to have the advantage, and even bit the 79-year-old's hand.

"He got the better of me, and I was on the bottom in this snow pile," he said. "And I kept grabbing his legs and tripping him, until eventually I got the supremacy, I was on top. And I kept hitting him, trying to keep him occupied, while my wife could successfully use the telephone and get this guy down."

Mary LaMay was able to call the police in time, and as the cops approached the house, the suspect jumped in his car and sped off. Police caught him, however, when he crashed a short distance away.

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Grey-Haired Bank Robber in California Baffles FBI

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(SAN DIEGO) -- The FBI and police in California are searching for the "geezer bandit," an apparently grey-haired elderly man who has committed armed robberies at 11 banks, the latest on Friday in Bakersfield.

The elderly persona -- whether real or donned for the robberies -- may be one reason why the bandit has been so successful. "People may think that because of his overall appearance he may not be as threatening," said FBI special agent Darrell Foxworth in San Diego. "But you have to keep in mind that he's an armed bank robber. And he has threatened tellers with the use of that gun -- we have photos where he is actually pointing a gun at a teller."

Foxworth said "witnesses described him as wearing a Halloween-like old man mask. Whether he's actually an elderly man or someone wearing some type of disguise is something we're considering as part of the investigation. We have not limited ourselves in any way."

The first 10 robberies in San Diego County and the most recent in Riverside County share characteristics with Friday's heist in the town of Bakersfield, according to the FBI. In these episodes, which took place from August 2009 through June 2010, the robber showed a demand note, asked for cash, pointed a revolver at tellers, and threatened them with a gun if they did not comply.

There is a $20,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the "geezer bandit." Witnesses described the robber as white, male, apparently 60-70 years old, 6 feet tall and approximately 190 pounds.

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