White Bank Robber Fools Cops With Black Guy Mask
To be fair, it was a really good mask
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 22, 2010 9:59 AM CDT
Conrad Zdzierak is shown with his mask on (left) and without it (right).   (Hamilton County Sheriff's Office)

(Newser) – Ohio police say they've apprehended a wily white bank robber who threw them off the trail by disguising himself as a black person. Authorities say 30-year-old Conrad Zdzierak would rob the banks in a high-quality mask, then take it off as he drove to his next robbery target, confounding police on the lookout for a black man. He allegedly managed to hit four banks and a CVS within just three hours, ABC reports. His mistake? He never disguised his car.

Police got a report of a vehicle matching the getaway car's description at a hotel and found its interior stained with dye bank tellers had slipped into the money bags. Inside, they found Zdzierak, the money, and “what I'm calling a 'Hollywood quality' mask,” said a police lieutenant. “These things cost $600-$700.” Zdzierak is now in custody on $3 million bail. “You are the type of villain we read about in novels,” the judge told him. For more news from the world of ingenious alleged criminals, click here.