Accused bank-robbing dad gives jailhouse interview

February 18, 2013 4:27:27 PM PST
A family of alleged bank robbers are accused in a bold crime spree. Investigators say a father, daughter and son worked together during the heists. For the first time, we're hearing from the accused ringleader from behind bars.

Ronald "Scott" Catt wrote me from jail, asking for the opportunity to tell his side of the story. He wanted to set the record straight on what he calls the "lies" and "grandstanding" of law enforcement.

Behind protective glass in the Fort Bend County Jail, Catt admitted holding up a First Community Credit Union near Katy last October.

"I made a mistake robbing a bank," he said. "Kind of a greedy, lustful thing that I got into. I'm not proud of it."

In surveillance pictures from that heist, you can see Catt wearing a bright orange construction vest, painter's mask and gloves. Investigators say his son was similarly dressed with a fake moustache. Catt's 18-year-old daughter allegedly drove the getaway vehicle.

All three were arrested more than a month later at an apartment a short distance away. Detectives say evidence they found linked the trio to that bank robbery and five others in Texas and Oregon.

Capt. James Berger with the Fort Bend County Sheriff's Office said, "I believe we have enough evidence that we've collected not only for our case, but for the cases in Oregon and other jurisdictions, that would be enough for an indictment."

Catt admitted to us only the robbery near Katy. Investigators say he confessed to them all. On Monday, he wouldn't answer questions about the others, instead asking us why he hasn't been questioned about those crimes by the FBI or other law enforcement.

Catt says he was struggling to pay his bills.

"We did what we did in Cinco Ranch and all three of us have said we're willing to pay the price," Catt said from behind bars. "We did what we did, and we should be punished for it."

In our interview, Catt apologized to the bank employees who were traumatized by the hold up. He says he never intended to hurt anyone. Each family member has pleaded not guilty to the charges.