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Bank Robbery Suspect Makes the Most of Mug Shot

Michael Whitington flashes his pearly whites

(Newser) - A man captured after authorities say he tried to flee a bank robbery in Denver doesn't seem too upset about his capture and subsequent charge. The mug shot taken after 45-year-old Michael Whitington's Sept. 23 arrest shows him with a broad, toothy smile and his eyes open wide.... More »

What Not to Wear to Your Bank Robbery

T-shirt with first name is not advisable; nor is driving your own car

(Newser) - It wasn’t too hard for police to make an arrest after a Wells Fargo bank robbery in Denver Tuesday. That’s because 68-year-old John David Martinez wore a T-shirt emblazoned with his first name and drove a getaway car registered in his own name, authorities tell ABC Denver . After... More »

Cops: Robbers in Crazy Heist May Have Hit Bank Twice

California police taking a second look at earlier robbery

(Newser) - Police were investigating whether the same men who robbed a bank, took hostages, and led a deadly chase and shootout carried out other recent bank heists in the same part of Northern California, including one earlier this year at the very same branch. There were striking similarities between a late-January... More »

2 Robbers, Hostage Killed in Chase, Shootout: Cops

Fleeing suspects shot at cops, threw hostages from SUV

(Newser) - Fleeing bank robbers in Stockton, Calif., fired AK-47-style rifles at police and threw two hostages from a speeding SUV in a high-speed chase and shootout that left two suspects and one hostage dead and left bullet holes in 14 police cars and an unknown number of homes. A witness tells... More »

After Historic Bank Heists, $500K Oddly Returned

'Trash Talking Bandits' aren't thought to be behind the return

(Newser) - A weird twist in what are being painted as two of the largest bank heists in Colorado history: Less than a week after two bank robbers dubbed the "Trash Talking Bandits" successfully made off with a $500,000 score from a Wells Fargo branch in Wheat Ridge, that same... 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 »

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 »

Gunmen Swipe $54M From Libya Central Bank Van

'A catastrophe for the whole of Libya'

(Newser) - Ten gunmen stole $54 million from a bank van as it entered the city of Sirte in Libya after departing the airport, the BBC reports. The cash had come from Libya's central bank in Tripoli. The van had a single security vehicle as protection, and guards "were unable... More »

Bank Burglary Suspect Falls Through Roof, Is Arrested

Bank heist goes wrong in unusual fashion

(Newser) - A burglar who tried to break into an ATM at a bank in San Francisco was arrested today after he hopped onto the roof of a nearby building to escape and fell into an apartment, police said. The 230-pound suspect was not seriously injured. "There was a hole in... More »

Cops: Cyberthieves Planned To Rob Bank Remotely

Allegedly tried to install device to take control of London branch computer

(Newser) - Four men appeared in a London court today, charged with attempting to rob a bank by taking control of its computer system. Police say the suspects were arrested after a bogus maintenance engineer tried to install a keyboard-video-mouse—a device typically used to control several computers at once—on a... More »

Venice Robbers Steal $1.7M ... in Lagoon

They robbed a boat ferrying money to banks

(Newser) - Filed under the only-in-Venice category: Three bank robbers pulled off a $1.7 million heist in one of the city's lagoons. In fact, they made it look easy: An armored truck delivered the money to a courier boat, which then was supposed to deliver it to banks, explains Fox... 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 »

Man Dies Trying to Stop Bank Robber

Vincent Kelley jumped in suspect's car

(Newser) - A Pennsylvania bank robbery suspect fatally shot a supermarket customer who ran after him and tried to stop his getaway car, police say. Vincent Kelley, 46, was shopping with a friend at the Giant Eagle in Strabane Square when the man robbed an in-store Citizens Bank branch about 2:30pm... More »

Cops: Cyberthieves Stole $45M From ATMs in Hours

Seven arrests made in US as part of global investigation

(Newser) - A gang of cyber-criminals stole $45 million in a matter of hours by hacking their way into a database of prepaid debit cards and then draining cash machines around the globe, federal prosecutors said today. Seven people are under arrest in the US in connection with the case, which prosecutors... 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 »

Man in Romney Mask Robs Wells Fargo

Same location hit by robber 2 years prior in Hillary Clinton mask

(Newser) - A Wells Fargo was robbed in Sterling, Va., yesterday by a man apparently wearing a Mitt Romney mask, reports NBC News . The robber, wielding a gun and wearing a Florida State sweatshirt, did not just take money from one teller, but stole from all five before making his getaway. To... More »

Woman on YouTube: I Robbed a Bank!

Police somehow caught on to Hannah Sabata's video

(Newser) - Let's face it: These days, bragging about your crimes on Facebook has gotten old. If you really want to grab the limelight, do what 19-year-old Hannah Sabata of Nebraska appears to have done: Post a video on YouTube in which you dangle what you claim are the keys to... More »

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