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

(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.

Conrad Zdzierak is shown with his mask on (left) and without it (right).
Conrad Zdzierak is shown with his mask on (left) and without it (right).   (Hamilton County Sheriff's Office)
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