Worker pursued to Massachusetts after robbing OH Bank: Feds

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He put the money in a paper bag and disappeared, officials said.

An Ohio bank teller went missing with a bag of $ 215,000 – and it took more than five decades to track him down, officials said.

Theodore John Conrad was working at the Society National Bank in Cleveland when he was accused of stealing the loot in 1969.

The missing money – which is worth more than $ 1.7 million today – was not noticed until a few days later when Conrad failed to show up for work, the US Marshals Service said in a press release on Friday, November 12th.

While searching for Conrad, he appeared on America’s Most Wanted TV show when investigators followed footsteps from coast to coast. But officials said the case eventually turned cold.

That was until early November when the US Marshals Service said it had identified the man who was accused of robbing Cleveland Bank. He reportedly settled in Lynnfield, Massachusetts under the false name of Thomas Randele.

“He has led a modest life in a suburb of Boston since 1970,” said the federal government in its press release. “Ironically, he moved to Boston near the location of the original Thomas Crown Affair.”

It turned out that “The Thomas Crown Affair” was a movie that Conrad had seen repeatedly, according to US marshals. The 1968 Steve McQueen film shows a businessman involved in a bank robbery. It was reissued in 1999 with Pierce Brosnan.

“He was kind of a daredevil,” said Peter J. Elliott, US marshal for Northern Ohio, according to The New York Times. “After seeing that movie, he thought, ‘Hey, what if I do this and get away with it?’ I really think it was a challenge for him to make it. ”

In real life, officials said they finally found Conrad after comparing his documents with those filled out under the Thomas Randele name, including federal bankruptcy filings. Elliot said his father, John, gathered evidence at the beginning of the case and wanted to keep responding until his death in 2020.

“We were able to match some of the documents my father discovered from Conrad’s college days in the 1960s with documents from Randele that led to his identification,” Elliott said in the November 12 press release. “I hope my father will have a little easier rest today, knowing that his investigation and United States Marshals Service brought this decade-long secret to a close. In real life, everything doesn’t always end like it does in a movie. ”

Conrad, who had used a different date of birth, was 71 years old when he died of lung cancer in May, officials said.

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