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Man Dubbbed "Grandad Bandit" is Behind Bars

This image of the so-called Granddad Bandit was taken by surveillance camera at the Valley Bank robbery in June 2009.

This image of the so-called Granddad Bandit was taken by surveillance camera at the Valley Bank robbery in June 2009.

Police finally have the man known as the Grandad Bandit in custody tonight.

He's accused of robbing at least 25 banks in 13 states.

Michael Mara was dubbed the Grandad Bandit even though he's only 53 years old.

The FBI came up with the nickname because agents said he looked like he could be just about anyone's grandfather.

He was captured on surveillance cameras often wearing short sleeve collared shirts, wire rimmed glasses and sometimes a baseball hat.

He was captured after a standoff at his home in Baton Rouge, Louisiana Wednesday afternoon.

The raid brought a swarm of FBI agents and police officers in swat gear to the quiet neighborhood.

"Never have I seen anything like this in my life in Louisiana before," said neighbor, Daniel Chaffin.

Mara is suspected of robbing more than two dozen banks in 13 states....from Syracuse to Florida-- and as far west as Kansas.

The FBI posted his picture on billboards across the country this week.

Agents say tips led them to their man.

"We were aware of him, probably since Friday," said FBI New Orleans Assistant Special Agent in Charge, Howard Schwarz.

The FBI executed an arrest warrant for only one of the robberies....even though he's suspected of committing all of them.

At first, Mara refused to come out of his home but he eventually surrendered peacefully.

Agents say the string of robberies began in 2008.


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