FBI nabs suspected 'Straw Hat Bandit,' serial bank robber
This image made from a surveillance video provided by the FBI shows a disguised suspect robbing a PNC Bank on July 2, 2016, in North Wales, Pa. The FBI has arrested a suburban Philadelphia man it says was the "Straw Hat Bandit," a bank robber who wore a straw hat, mask and other disguises in stickups dating back to 2012. A federal indictment returned Wednesday, April 19, 2017, charged Richard Boyle, already a convicted bank robber, with carrying out 11 bank robberies that netted him nearly a half-million dollars. (FBI via AP)
PHILADELPHIA — A convicted bank robber paroled in 2011 is under arrest again, charged with carrying out a new string of holdups in the Philadelphia area as the man dubbed the ‘Straw Hat Bandit.’
The FBI arrested 57-year-old Richard Boyle on Thursday on charges he committed 11 bank robberies from 2012 through 2016. The first occurred less than a year after Boyle got out of prison.
The FBI says Boyle wore disguises during the stickups, including a straw hat and mask.
He’s accused of brandishing a handgun in nearly all the robberies, netting nearly a half-million dollars.
It was unclear whether he has a lawyer. A message left at his photography business wasn’t returned.
The Intelligencer newspaper in Doylestown reports Boyle was in prison on a parole violation when he was arrested.