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US cops hunt for Cleveland bank robber after 52 years: ‘It doesn’t always end like in the movies’

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On Friday, July 11, 1969, the Marshals said that Theodore John Conrad had begun his work at the National Society Bank on Public Square. He walked out later that day with $215,000 (or more than $1.7 million today) in a paper bag. (United States Police Service)

Cleveland, Ohio (WKBN) – The mystery behind one of the biggest bank robberies in Cleveland history has been solved after 52 years, according to the United States Police Agency.

On Friday, July 11, 1969, the Marshals said that Theodore John Conrad had begun his work at the National Society Bank on Public Square. He walked out later that day with $215,000 (or more than $1.7 million today) in a paper bag.

Investigators said Conrad, then 20 years old, then disappeared.

Bank employees didn’t notice the theft until Monday when Conrad wasn’t at work.

Now, investigators say they’ve been able to track down Conrad, even though he died earlier this year as a free man.

US sheriffs say Conrad has been living under the identity of Thomas Randele in the Boston suburb of Lynnfield, Massachusetts, since 1970. They discovered earlier this week when they were able to match documents Conrad had completed in the 1960s with documents Randele had completed when he filed for bankruptcy in 2014.

Randele died of lung cancer in May at the age of 71.

Leading up to the Cleveland bank robbery, the Marshals said Conrad was haunted by the 1968 Steve McQueen film “Thomas Crown Love,” about a wealthy businessman who orchestrated a bank robbery in Boston.

Officers said Conrad bragged to friends about how easy it was to get money from the bank, and he even told them he planned to do so.

Ironically, the place Conrad moved is closer to the original “Thomas Crown Affair” filming location.

The search for Conrad confused many investigators for years. Conrad was featured on “America’s Most Wanted Things” and “Unsolved Mysteries” as investigators received advice from around the country.

US Marshal Pete Elliott said one of those investigators was his biological father, who was particularly confused by the case.

“This is a case that I know all too well. My father, John K. Elliott, was Vice Marshal of the United States in Cleveland from 1969 until his retirement in 1990. My father became interested in this case early on because Conrad lived and worked near us in the late twenties. 1960. My father was constantly looking for Conrad and always wanted to close it until he passed away in 2020,” Elliott said.

“I hope my dad rests a little easier today knowing that his investigation and the U.S. Investigative Service have closed this decades-long mystery,” he said. speak. “Things in real life don’t always end up like they do in the movies.”

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