August 11th, 2010
05:56 PM ET

FBI: 'Grandad Bandit' caught


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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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soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. ambria

    He robbed a bank in my hometown last year. Nice to see the law caught up with him.......FINALLY.

    August 11, 2010 at 8:05 pm |
  2. Jason from Hollywood

    I wish the FBI were more diligent when going after illegals...

    they've been "robbing the bank" for years and no one goes after them

    August 11, 2010 at 7:33 pm |
  3. roger

    FBI gets grandad bandit who got a few thousand, ignores wallstreet theft of billions

    August 11, 2010 at 7:25 pm |
  4. Frank

    Fat white balding loser arrested. who cares? FBI stands for Federal Bungling Idiots, no offense, just a fact in the LEO world...Also stands for worse, if you can figure it out.

    August 11, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
  5. Fernando Rosado

    GOOD ! Glad he's caught. I have been unemployed for almost 2 years know and even though im drowning in debt and collection calls, I ALWAYS STAY HONEST!
    Well I guess he got himself the "Best Nursing Home" .......... a jail Cell

    August 11, 2010 at 6:02 pm |
  6. david w

    It'll be interesting to hear what motivates a man his age to become a stick-up man.

    August 11, 2010 at 6:00 pm |