theodore john conrad confirmed up for work as a financial institution teller in cleveland. on the finish of his shift, the then 20-year-old stole us$215,000, stuffed it right into a paper bag — and vanished, authorities stated.
that was in july 1969, and he stole the equal of us$1.7 million right this moment in one of many largest financial institution robberies within the metropolis, the u.s. marshals service said.
now greater than 5 a long time later, the federal regulation enforcement company introduced friday that it is recognized the person thought-about one of many nation’s most needed fugitives.
conrad had been dwelling in boston since 1970 below the identify thomas randele, authorities stated.
in yet one more dramatic twist, his residence was near the place the film “the thomas crown affair” was filmed. within the unique film, the principle character steals greater than us$2 million from a boston financial institution.
“a yr earlier than the cleveland financial institution theft, conrad grew to become obsessive about the 1968 steve mcqueen movie,” the u.s. marshals service stated in an announcement. “the film was primarily based on the financial institution theft for sport by a millionaire businessman, and conrad … bragged to his mates about how straightforward it could be to take cash from the financial institution.”
decades of chasing leads nationwide
conrad’s alleged heist came about on a friday. the financial institution didn’t know the cash was lacking from the vault till monday, when he failed to indicate up for work. then the case went chilly.
for many years, investigators have chased recommendations on conrad’s whereabouts in numerous states, together with california, hawaii, texas and oregon. his case was spotlighted on “america’s most wished” and “unsolved mysteries.”
after years of investigation, federal authorities traveled to massachusetts final week and confirmed he’d been dwelling a quiet life below a fictitious identify in boston.
as a part of their investigation, they in contrast his nineteen sixties paperwork to paperwork he’d accomplished below the identify randele, together with a 2014 chapter submitting at a boston federal courtroom.
he died of lung most cancers in could of this yr in lynnfield, massachusetts, the u.s. marshals service stated. he was 71.
a father and son helped solve the mystery
one of many case’s key investigators was peter j. elliott, a u.s. marshal from northern ohio, whose household lived close to conrad within the late nineteen sixties.
“this can be a case i do know all too properly. my father, john ok. elliott, was a devoted profession deputy united states marshal in cleveland from 1969 till his retirement in 1990,” he stated. “my father by no means stopped trying to find conrad and at all times needed closure up till his dying in 2020.”
a number of the paperwork uncovered by the elder elliott performed a job in confirming conrad’s identification, the son stated.
“i hope my father is resting a bit simpler right this moment realizing his investigation … introduced closure to this decades-long thriller,” the youthful elliott stated. “every thing in actual life would not at all times finish like within the films.”