'Granddad Bandit' strikes again, accused in 23rd heist

Investigators say the fact that he doesn't look like the typical bank robber has helped him pull off this crime spree.

July 7, 2010 8:34:26 AM PDT
The "Grandad Bandit" has hit Houston again. He is accused of robbing the Wachovia Bank on Buffalo Speedway at Holcombe on Saturday. At approximately 10:45am, the man entered the bank and approached a teller. He opened a black bank bag, pulled out a note and handed it to the teller. The note demanded a specified amount of cash and indicated the teller had 30 seconds to comply. The teller provided the robber with some cash, which he placed inside the black bank bag.

No one was physically hurt during the robbery. The bank's surveillance cameras captured several photographs of the man during the robbery.

Since January, he's robbed 23 banks in 12 states. The other Houston robbery occurred at the Allegiance Bank, located at 222 North Durham Drive.

The fact that he doesn't look like the typical bank robber has helped him pull off this crime spree. He's described as a white male, early 50s, approximately 6 feet 1 inches tall, 220 pounds, wearing prescription glasses, a blue Polo-type shirt and khaki pants. He was balding on the top of his head, with light brown and grey hair on the sides.

The FBI is offering a reward of $10,000 and Crime Stoppers is offering $5,000 for tips leading to his arrest. If you have any information, call Crime Stoppers at 713-222-8477.


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