Do you ever wonder what’s going through the mind of a robber while they’re holding up a bank? Well, we might not be able to go that deep, but today we’re at least going to meet some famous bank robbers and even take a look at some unsolved bank robberies. So, whether it was a violent shootout or an old man with a cane (yup, even old people rob banks!), these are the 25 Most Insane Bank Heists That Actually Happened!
J.L. Hunter Rountree
After going into bankruptcy, Rountree’s wife and stepson died. This downward spiral eventually led the 86 year old to start robbing banks. Unfortunately for him, he was too slow to get away and got stopped before even making it out of the bank. In spite of continuously getting caught, he always went back to robbing banks upon his release. He eventually died in prison at 92 as America’s oldest bank robber.
Bank of Ireland
In 2009, a group of robbers went to the house of a bank employee, took his family hostage, and told him to come back the next day with $10 million from the bank. And you thought you had a hard day at work…
The craziest thing here is robbing banks was just Justice’s hobby. And yes, we know, the name is ironic. But seriously, when we say it was his hobby, he actually threw most of the cash away…like into a dumpster. He gave some to homeless people and kept the $2 bills as souvenirs. And oh yea, he did all his robbing on a bicycle. His downfall came when he abandoned his Olympic dreams and went all-in with bank robbing. The police eventually caught him and he went to jail.
Although he’s not the oldest bank robber on our list, this guy still walks with a hunch. As of this writing, he still hasn’t been caught, so somebody’s grandpa is probably still robbing banks in the San Diego area.
Robert St. John
When it comes to crazy, it’s hard to beat St. John. Originally known as Henry McElvane, he wanted to be a stand up comic so he moved to California and changed his name. As with most entertainers starting out, he needed a job to support himself. So what did he choose? Being a pimp. Things got weird though when some of his prostitutes began robbing banks. They convinced St. John to get in on it, and that’s how he became the leader of a bunch of bank robbing prostitutes. The group wasn’t too smart though because they sometimes accidentally robbed the same bank twice. Perhaps not surprisingly, this led to their eventual downfall.