FBI says Irish 'bandit' faces more charges
AN IRISHMAN dubbed the 'Ho Hum Bandit' and arrested in connection with a string of armed robberies across the US faces the prospect of further charges.
The FBI said yesterday that Adam Lynch (34), originally from Dublin but living in the US, would be questioned in relation to robberies in California, Washington, Wyoming and Colorado and could face up to 20 years in prison.
Mr Lynch was arrested last Monday and charged before a federal grand jury with one bank robbery on March 16 last at Chase Bank in Edgewater, Colorado. His address was given as Corte Madera, California, but he was arrested in Denver, Colorado.
The FBI said it was investigating a string of other robberies allegedly carried out by the 'Ho Hum Bandit', so called because of the casual manner in which he operated.
The thief never wore disguises and would calmly walk up to tellers and hand them a note demanding money and claiming to have a gun. He would then casually walk out the front door of the banks.
The first robbery attributed to him was in Newport Beach, California, in February 2010. The most recent was in Colorado last month.
The FBI considered him armed and dangerous, and issued an appeal for information earlier this year. A reward of $15,000 (€10,306) had been raised by banks and the FBI for information leading to his arrest.
It is believed that the accused may have been responsible for as many as 24 robberies across the West Coast. The FBI yesterday said it was investigating a "large number" of additional incidents in four states -- California, Washington, Wyoming and Colorado.
Mr Lynch was arrested in connection with the robbery of the Chase Bank in Edgewater. If convicted, he faces up to 20 years in federal prison and a $250,000 (€172,000) fine.
"Adam Lynch, age 34, was arrested late Monday in Denver by members of the FBI-led Rocky Mountain Safe Streets Task Force," the agency said in a statement.
"The FBI is investigating a large number of additional bank robberies in four states, including California, Washington, Wyoming, and Colorado that may be linked to this charge."
Mr Lynch, who ran a dog-walking service with his ex-wife called SF Four Paws in San Francisco, was arrested at a bar in Colorado last Monday.
The manager of Fado's Irish pub, Glen Eastwood, said that Mr Lynch was a regular. "I knew he was Irish," he told CBS. "Seemed like a standup guy. Kept to himself, didn't cause problems and the staff got on with him."
The website for the Four Paws dog-walking service was shut down yesterday, but customers described Mr Lynch as "very professional and friendly".