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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

FBI: 'Grandad Bandit' caught

A suspected serial bank robber dubbed the “granddad bandit” was arrested in Louisiana Wednesday afternoon, authorities said.

FBI Special Agent Sheila Thorne told CNN Michael Francis Mara, 53, was captured at his home in Baton Rouge. According to Thorne, the FBI went to the residence to execute an arrest warrant when Mara retreated into the house. “After 6 hours he came out and was placed under arrest,” she said.

Mara has been charged with one count of bank robbery and is being held pending an identity, detention and removal hearing, Thorne said.

The “granddad bandit” was wanted for at least 25 bank heists in 13 states since 2008, the FBI said in a statement. He was given the name because he appeared elderly, Thorne told CNN.

In recent weeks, the FBI launched a billboard campaign featuring surveillance pictures of the granddad bandit in the hopes that he would be identified

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