Elusive ‘Granddad Bandit’ Has Hit 9 Banks in 7 States


He’s been robbing banks since April from Texas to Virginia

​A middle-aged man is matching wits with the American banking industry, and so far Middle-Aged Man is winning. His modus operandi is to calmly walk into a bank, present a teller with a demand for loot, then casually walk out. So far, he’s picked off nine banks, and shows no sign of stopping.

The man now known as the “Granddad Bandit” has struck in at least seven states, the FBI believes. He began in Houston in April. Since then, he’s ran up an impressive ground game, hitting institutions in Roanoke, Little Rock, Dallas, Birmingham, Syracuse, and Tallahassee.

He last struck October 16, but is currently taking a break to watch the Weather Channel, because that’s what old guys do.

Agents believe he hasn’t been caught because he draws so little attention to himself, bearing the appearance of a retiree cashing a pension check. He’s described as 6-foot to 6-foot-4, between 220-250 pounds, and possibly in his 50s or 60s.