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Cops: Cold Hand Bandits Rob 23 Banks in 7 Months

Police are worried the robberies will turn violent

(Newser) - Police are hoping to find three men they say are responsible for robbing 23 Los Angeles-area banks since November before things turn violent, NBC News reports. According to CBS Los Angeles , the men have been dubbed the Cold Hand Bandits because they always walk into a bank with one hand... More »

Cops: Babysitter Takes Kids Along for Bank Robbery

She claimed there was a man threatening to hurt them

(Newser) - Apparently the Babysitters Club turned into more of a Babysitters Gang as they got older. The Coloradoan reports a 28-year-old babysitter allegedly used the two children she was taking care of to rob a bank Friday in Severance. Authorities say Rachel Einspahr pulled up to the drive-thru at the Colorado... More »

Bank Robber Writes a Holly Jolly Demand Note

Give me money, and also, Merry Christmas

(Newser) - Georgia police say a bank robber gave a teller a note that both demanded cash and wished the teller a merry Christmas. Gwinnett County police said in a news release that they are looking for a man who entered a BB&T bank in Buford on Monday and handed a... More »

Bank Robbery Suspect Interrupts Live TV Report

'I gotta go here and call 911'

(Newser) - If a reporter is going to cut his segment short, "I need to call 911" is probably a good reason. On Tuesday, Adam Sallet of KIMT was reporting live outside a Rochester, Minn., bank that had been robbed a day earlier when a bank employee came running out of... More »

'Keep Smiling Bandit' on the Loose in Orange County

FBI searching for Calif. bank robber who tells victims to grin as they pass the cash

(Newser) - His words may seem cheerful, but his actions have been anything but. A California bank robber now called the "Keep Smiling Bandit" is being sought in two Orange County robberies in which he verbally instructed the likely terrified tellers to keep grins on their faces as they handed the... More »

Woman Halts Bank Robber— By Crashing Into His Car

'It was easy,' says Tina Gleim

(Newser) - A Pennsylvania woman was visiting a local bank when a shaking teller told her a robber had just fled. Tina Gleim decided to do something about it: She drove her truck right into the suspect's car, ABC 27 reports. "I thought, 'I can't stop him any... More »

Alleged Cop Killer Shot Dead Outside Bank

He allegedly fired at police in Mississippi

(Newser) - A bank robber sought in two holdups and the murder of a police officer was shot dead yesterday after robbing a bank in Phoenix, according to the FBI. The subject of a nationwide manhunt , he entered a Compass Bank in Phoenix yesterday morning and walked out in a black ski... More »

Bank Robber Sought in Cop's Murder

FBI manhunt underway after Mississippi killing

(Newser) - An FBI manhunt is underway for a man sought in two bank holdups and the murder of a Mississippi police officer. Authorities say the man first tried to rob a bank in Atlanta on Monday morning, but when he failed to get money from a teller, he robbed someone at... More »

Feds Nab Man Suspected of Robbing 20 Banks

Luis Alomar captured on Long Island

(Newser) - The FBI has captured a man they believe is responsible for roughly 20 bank robberies along the East Coast. Luis Alomar, 37, was arrested at about 2:30 this morning in the Long Island community of Medford, Newsday reports. Police didn't give any details on the arrest, but did... More »

Bank Thief's Weird Object of Choice: Small Door Rugs

But he allegedly got away with it dozens of times in NYC

(Newser) - If the allegations are true, then 55-year-old Willie Footman might have pulled off more successful bank heists than anyone in history. Except, as the New York Times explains, he never stole money—only the rugs inside bank doors around New York City. "Thirty-seven incidents," says a spokesperson for... More »

Man Recognizes Suspected Bank Robber: It's Mom!

Dee Ann Sanders charged on Tuesday

(Newser) - When it comes to citizens turning in accused criminals, it's hard to top this one. A Michigan man called police to tell them that he could ID the woman seen robbing a bank in surveillance photos: dear ol' mom. Even better: Dean Badger told authorities they could find her... More »

65-Year-Old Ex-Marine Fights Off Bank Robber

'You gotta be kidding me' he said

(Newser) - No matter how young and fit you are, odds are you're not as badass as Eugene Storley. The 65-year-old ex-Marine and ex-cop was in a bank Monday afternoon when a man came in wearing a hard hat and breathing mask and pointed a gun at the teller. "You... More »

Woman Robs Bank Using ... Spaghetti Sauce: Cops

She said jars were a bomb

(Newser) - Bank tellers thought a female robber was armed with a bomb Saturday, but it was actually just spaghetti sauce, police say. The woman, about 60, put a bag on the counter at a Michigan Fifth Third Bank, said it contained a bomb, and demanded money. "It did look like... More »

Old Man Robs Bank So He Can Go Back to Prison: FBI

Walter Unbehaun told investigators he felt more comfortable on the inside

(Newser) - After spending most of his adult life behind bars, 73-year-old Walter Unbehaun was released in 2011—but recently decided to rob another bank in hopes of going back. He felt more comfortable in prison, court documents allege, and wanted to spend his final years there. So the balding, gray-haired man... More »

Escaped Convict Told Judge: 'You'll Hear From Me'

Fellow escapee's mother offers police a lead

(Newser) - The bank robbers who scaled the side of a high-rise Chicago prison are still eluding police, though officials have an informant: The mother of one of the men says they visited her in the suburbs. Kenneth Conley's mom told the pair she couldn't help them. "Then she... More »

Chicago Inmates Escape ... From 17 Floors Up

Bank robbers hunted after daring escape

(Newser) - Cops in Chicago are hunting two bank robbers who pulled off a daring escape from one of the world's only high-rise prisons yesterday morning. Cellmates Joseph "Jose" Banks and Kenneth Conley are believed to have squeezed through a narrow window and scaled down 17 stories to the ground,... More »

LA Bank Robbers Hurl Cash From Car

Scramble for cash slows down cops in pursuit

(Newser) - There was mayhem on the streets of South LA yesterday as suspected bank robbers repeatedly threw cash from a speeding SUV during an 80-minute police chase. "It's our neighborhood stimulus package," quipped one woman as hundreds of people scrambled for the cash in some of the city'... More »

Bank Robber Leaves a Tip

Firefighter turned criminal says he was off his medication

(Newser) - If you're going to go off your meds and become a bank robber, you might as well be polite about it. That's what Texas firefighter Jesus Ventura did this week. According to a federal complaint, Ventura, 37, walked into a Chase Bank on April 10, asked where the... More »

Teller to Bank Robber: We're Closed, Come Back

Improbable fib thwarts robbery

(Newser) - Hate the short hours at your local bank? Think how Olga L. Perdomo feels. Last week, she tried to rob Albany Bank and Trust in Chicago, but was thwarted when a wily teller told her the bank was closed, and to come back tomorrow. The full story: Perdomo walked into... More »

Calif. Bank Hostage Freed After Shootout

Suspect, 3 officers injured

(Newser) - A woman taken hostage by a bank robber in California escaped unharmed after a shootout that injured the robber and three SWAT team members. During an hours-long standoff at the Orange County bank, the suspect freed six other employees, but refused to let the female bank manager leave. Bullets started... More »

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