‘Old Man Bandit’ Arrested For Over 45 Years of Bank Robberies
A 68-year-old man in Frederick, Maryland has been arrested and charged with several bank robberies in the state of Maryland, some dating back to nearly 45 years ago.
68-year-old Steven Gregory Gass, a.k.a. "The Old Man Bandit," was arrested on Thursday, July 14th, after trying to rob a Wells Fargo Bank on North Frederick Avenue in Gaithersburg, Maryland.
After more investigation, police found that Gass' history in bank robberies extends all the way back to 1977. In 2010, Gass pleaded guilty to robbing 19 just in 2008 and 2009 alone.
In 2019, Gass was granted compassionate release by the prison system for medical reasons, at which time he moved back to Maryland, living with his elderly parents at the time of his most recent arrest.
Around 9:30am on July 14th, police responded to a call for an attempted bank robbery that just occurred at the Wells Fargo Bank on the 600 block of North Frederick Avenue.
Officers say Gass entered the bank wearing a lighter-colored fisherman's hat, sunglasses, and a large face mask. He went up to the teller and passed a note that announced the robbery.
The teller walked away, and another bank employee hit the silent alarm. Gass left the bank empty-handed, according to officers.
After following Gass a short distance, officers pulled him over and arrested him without incident. In the course of the investigation, police linked him to a June 18th robbery at a bank in Bethesda, as well as a prior robbery in Baltimore County.
On Sunday, July 21st, police served a search warrant on Gass' parent's home in Frederick. Additional items were recovered from the home and taken in as evidence.
Gass is currently held at the Montgomery County Central Processing Unit with no bond, with more charges surely on the way.
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