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Washington State Man Wanted to Blow Up Wal-Mart, Gas Stations to Distract from Bank Robberies

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A recently released inmate planned to blow up a Wal-Mart and several gas stations to distract from plans he had of robbing banks in Washington state.

The Seattle Post Intelligencer reports that suspect Larry Gillette, who was arrested Monday, is accused of revealing his plans to an undercover FBI agent, saying he wanted “carnage.”

During the sting, the 53-year-old tried to acquire four pistols and a bomb from the undercover agent in hopes of using them in Shelton.

“Gillette stated he wanted the targeted Walmart leveled, and intentionally wanted the explosives placed in areas which would prompt secondary explosions causing more damage,” an FBI agent said in court papers, recounting conversations between Gillette and the undercover police officers.

Grown Man Robs Bank While Riding Child-Sized Bike into Texas Building

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

They call him the BMX Bandit.

The FBI is looking for a man who robbed a Missouri City, Texas, bank after riding a child-sized bike into the building, Click2Houston.com reports.

The robbery happened at Amegy Bank.

The man pulled out a gun and demanded money.

 

Accused Serial Bank Robber Thanks FBI In Court

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

An accused serial bank robber who led authorities on a two-hour manhunt took time out of his court appearance Wednesday to thank the FBI, the News-Democrat reports.

“The FBI has been very nice to me,” Carl Frederick Kieffer told U.S. Magistrate Stephen Williams during an initial appearance on federal bank robbery charges.

Kieffer, 49, of Spokane, confessed to six bank robberies in Illinois, Ohio, Michigan and Wyoming.

When authorities found him hiding in an Illinois cornfield, Kieffer was on the run after recently holding up a bank, the News-Democrat reported.

FBI Investigates Cops Accused of Stealing Money from Suspects in Bank Robbery

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The FBI is trying to determine whether police stole cash from three suspects accused of robbing a King County credit union in California in March, the Monterey Herald reports.

The FBI confirmed to the Herald that agent are investigating “several police officers assigned to the King City Police Department regarding their handling of a bank robbery case.”

Chief Assistant District Attorney Terry Spitz said thousands of dollars was never returned.

“They believed all the money was turned in, but not all of it is there now,” he said.

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Man Recently Released After Serving 25 Years in Prison Strikes Another Bank, Is Arrested

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

John Edward Stevens, a prolific bank robber who once was on the FBI’s Most Wanted list, had just finished up a 25-year-prison sentence when police said he struck an Oakland bank and fled with a bag of cash in a stolen car, NJ.com reports.

Police said Stevens, 59, wasn’t out of prison for two weeks when he brandished a gun at a bank in Oakland and demanded money.

Stevens was arrested in a stolen car, and police found a bank bag with more than $4,000 in cash and a handgun.

Stevens served his prison sentence for robbing 25 banks in eight states.

Friendly-Fire Shooting of FBI Agent Barry Bush Should Not Have Happened, New Report Shows

Slain Agent Barry Lee Bush/fbi photo

 
Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

It was an error that cost FBI agent Barry Bush his life on April 5, 2007.

A new detailed report of the friendly-fire shooting shows numerous mistakes under very confusing circumstances, the Leigh Valley Express-Times reports.

Bush, a veteran FBI agent, was supposed to perform surveillance on suspected bank robbers until a SWAT team took over.

But a command post ordered Bush to close in on one of the suspect’s cars, not knowing that SWAT was preparing to do the same thing.

Turns out, SWAT and Bush had separate written orders that were not communicated.

Mistaking Bush for one of the suspected robbers, a SWAT agent shot and killed the 52-year-old, the Express Times reported.

Elderly Man Who Claims He’s Dying Arrested in Illinois for Robbing Bank

FBI photo

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A 73-year-old man who robbed a bank in Illinois, saying he only had six months to live, was charged Monday and could spend the rest of his life behind bars, the Chicago Tribune reports.

Walter Unbehaun, of Rock Hill, N.C., was arrested by FBI agents and local police outside of a hotel in North Chicago Sunday, a day after the bank robbery.

The Tribune wrote that Unbehaun is accused of walking into a bank with a silver gun tucked into his waistband and demanding money from a teller.

“This is a hold up. I have nothing to lose,” he said, according to the teller.

Unbehaun left with $4,178 in cash, the Tribune reported.