An iconic bank robber from the United States of America has been recognized more than 50 years after his crime, despite the fact that he has already died and was never apprehended.
At the age of 20, while working as a bank teller at the Society National Bank in Cleveland, Ohio, Theodore John Conrad soared to the top of the United States’ most wanted list.
In July 1969, he marched into his office and committed one of the most audacious yet simple—heists of all time.
He casually stuffed around $215,000 in cash into a paper bag and then walked away.
They realized where the money had gone the next Monday, when Conrad failed to go to work.
That’s when they investigated the vault and discovered the cash—almost $1.7 million in today’s money—had vanished.
Of course, he was already two days gone at that point, and the authorities never caught up with him.
The bank employee had been enamored with the film The Thomas Crown Affair, in which Steve McQueen’s character robs a bank alongside a gang of criminals, and decided that he wanted to replicate the experience.
Finally, he accomplished it better than in that picture, and with with less trouble.
Conrad apparently boasted to his friends about how simple it would be to loot his place of employment and informed them of his plans.
Evidently, they never imagined he would actually accomplish it, but he did.
He then successfully evaded capture for 52 years, as detectives chased shadows looking for him.
Meanwhile, Conrad was living in a Boston suburb named Lynnfield as Thomas Randele.
According to his obituary, he raised a family while working as a golf and tennis professional, as well as a car salesman.
U.S. Marshals successfully recognized him two weeks ago, despite the fact that he died in May 2020 at the age of 71.
Peter J. Elliot, one of the U.S. Marshals, stated that he was “all too well” acquainted with the case due to his father’s 20-year involvement.
“My father, John K. Elliott, was a dedicated career Deputy United States Marshal in Cleveland from 1969 until his retirement in 1990.” he stated.
Elliott stated that his father “never stopped searching for Conrad and always wanted closure up until his death in 2020”
“I hope my father is resting a little easier today knowing his investigation and his United States Marshals Service brought closure to this decades-long mystery,” he continued, “everything in real life doesn’t always end like in the movies.”