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Day Before Wedding, Woman Tells Fiance to Turn Himself In

She saw an online post apparently showing him robbing a bank to pay for ring, venue

(Newser) - Coming up with the cash to pay for a wedding can be a stressful endeavor, and in a case out of Texas, it turned out to be a criminal endeavor for a groom-to-be. ABC News reports that Heath Edward Bumpous was arrested and charged with aggravated robbery after a Friday... More »

FBI Seeks 'Mummy Marauder'

Man wrapped in gauze robbed Texas bank

(Newser) - The FBI's Houston office is trying to catch a bank robber dubbed the "Mummy Marauder" before the city's news outlets can use the headline "The Mummy Returns." The FBI says the robber had white gauze wrapped around his face and arms when he robbed the... More »

John Dillinger's Remains Will Soon Be Exhumed

Nephew gets the OK to disinter dead bank robber

(Newser) - After John Dillinger was gunned down by FBI agents upon leaving a Chicago theater in 1934, thousands waited in line to see his body in a Chicago morgue; nearly 10,000 more did the same upon his body's return to Mooresville, Indiana. Now, what's left of that body... More »

FBI Captures 'Pink Lady Bandit'

The woman allegedly robbed 4 banks across the East Coast in one week

(Newser) - In less than a week, a woman the FBI dubbed the "Pink Lady Bandit" robbed four East Coast banks, but on Sunday, she was caught. The FBI says the suspect carried a "distinctive pink handbag" during at least two of the robberies—hence the nickname. Her modus operandi... More »

Cops: Dying Bank Robber Robbed Banks 9 Days After Release

He told judge he wanted to spend time with family

(Newser) - At an April 29 sentencing hearing, convicted bank robber Jamie Frierson pleaded for leniency, saying he was dying of colon cancer and wanted to spend the little time he has left with his family. He was released after being sentenced to time served—and he robbed a bank nine days... More »

Cops: Ex-Chief Wounded After Second Bank Robbery

2 SC deputies shot at suspect after car chase

(Newser) - A former South Carolina police chief on probation for robbing a bank in 2017 is accused of robbing another bank and leading authorities on a car chase that ended when he was shot at and wounded, the AP reports. Former Williamston police chief Richard Edward Inman was charged last week... More »

Northernmost Inhabited Area Just Had Its First Bank Robbery

Congratulations (?), Svalbard

(Newser) - There's a first time for everything, and this week in a remote Norwegian archipelago, that first was a bank robbery. The Guardian reports an armed man pulled off the feat in Svalbard, located in the Arctic Ocean just a tad over 600 miles from the North Pole and said... More »

He Hit a $19M Jackpot. Then Everything Went Wrong

Jim Hayes eventually went bankrupt and turned to robbing banks

(Newser) - You know those stories about people who strike it rich in the lottery, only to see their lives spiral out of control? Meet Exhibit A, Jim Hayes. At the Daily Beast , Natalie O'Neill recounts the crazy rags-to-riches-to-rags tale. In 1998, the 35-year-old Californian was working as a security guard... More »

Would-Be Bank Robber Balks, Asks to Open Account Instead

Unfortunately, he was lacking the proper ID to do so

(Newser) - A would-be bank robber turned into a would-be bank customer Friday afternoon, police say. The suspect walked into a Bayonne, NJ, bank and handed a teller a note demanding "all the money." But as the teller read the note, he snatched it back and said he wanted to... More »

Lottery Winner Pleads Guilty to Robbing Multiple Banks

James Hayes won $19M jackpot in 1998

(Newser) - James Hayes was working the graveyard shift as a security guard supervisor in 1998 when he hit California's SuperLotto jackpot, CBS Los Angeles reports. On Thursday—20 years after becoming a multimillionaire overnight—the 55-year-old Hayes pleaded guilty to bank robbery. Hayes was arrested in October while living in... More »

Cops: Suspect Took Cab Away From Bank Robbery

'Getaway driver' called police after seeing photo

(Newser) - Police in West Virginia say a suspected bank robber was captured after taking a cab to the heist. Ryan Michael Stepanian was arrested in Monday's robbery of a Charles Town bank and another bank heist Friday in nearby Ranson, the AP reports. Cab driver George Lyon says he took... More »

Vegas Shooter's 'Psychopathic' Father Became 'Bingo Bruce'

Benjamin Paddock was a bank robber who escaped prison and opened a bingo parlor

(Newser) - One of the more unusual details to emerge about Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock is that his father was a bank robber who spent about a decade on the FBI's most wanted list. In fact, Benjamin Paddock also had a history with Vegas: In 1960 FBI agents arrested him... More »

The Snowbird Bandit: a Good Cop Who Broke Bad

A decorated LAPD detective became a bank robber in his 70s

(Newser) - “Seventy-one years of goodness and four months of idiot," Randy Adair says from the visiting room of a federal prison in California. The retired Los Angeles Police Department detective is serving a seven-year prison sentence for a string of bank robberies in 2015. Los Angeles Magazine takes an... More »

'AK-47 Bandit' May Have Finally Been Caught, Thanks to Call With Mom

Richard Gathercole was arrested on other charges, then linked to string of heists

(Newser) - Richard Gathercole was arrested June 20 after he allegedly tried to shoot a Kansas state trooper who was attempting to pull him over due to an obscured vehicle registration. But thanks to a phone call with his mother from jail, authorities now believe Gathercole is also responsible for more—much... More »

Failed Financial Adviser Robs Banks in Old-Man Mask: Cops

Abraham Maghen allegedly stole nearly $12K before being caught

(Newser) - Perhaps hoping to blend into Florida's geriatric population, a 24-year-old man allegedly robbed two banks in the Sunshine State this week while disguised as an old man. Authorities say Abraham Maghen brandished a gun while wearing an old-person mask at a bank in Pembroke Pines on May 2 and... More »

Bank Robber Used His Own Debit Card

Before warning the teller, 'Don't make a mistake'

(Newser) - A man entered a San Diego bank on May 13 and demanded money from a teller, saying, "You're being robbed. Don't make a mistake." He's probably kicking himself over his own gaffe, which helped send him to prison for three years and 10 months as... More »

'Harry Potter' Busted Robbing Muggle Banks: Cops

Lookalike suspect in 6 bank robberies arrested

(Newser) - Washington state police say they've nabbed a suspected bank robber who resembles a certain boy wizard, and who they say has a not-so-magical history of busting into banks. Police and the FBI say Caleb Andrew Dierlam, 20, is the "Harry Potter Bandit" responsible for at least six bank... More »

Bank Robber Keeps Spelling One Important Word Wrong

'Robery'

(Newser) - A bank robber dubbed the "spelling bee bandit" because the notes he's passed to tellers contain the same misspelling is being sought for four robberies in Massachusetts, reports the AP . The FBI says the man's notes have just one word: "robery" with one "B."... More »

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 »

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