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'Granddad Bandit' Busted

Michael Mara wanted for 26 heists in 14 states
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 12, 2010 1:40 AM CDT
'Granddad Bandit' Busted
A bank robber nicknamed the "Granddad Bandit" by the FBI is shown on a bank surveillance tape.   (AP Photo/FBI)

The "Granddad Bandit" wanted for dozens of bank robberies has been captured peacefully after a 6-hour standoff at his Baton Rouge home, according to FBI officials. Police believe Michael Francis Mara, 52, has robbed 26 banks in 14 states in two years, AP reports. The bandit struck in states from Florida to Texas to New York, never robbing banks in the same state twice in a row. It's not clear if Mara is actually a grandfather, say officials.
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