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Straw Hat Bandit Under Arrest; Alligator Found at Fire; Drexel Grad Murderer Kills Self in Prison
 
  by: iradioal - Philadelphia, PA
started: 04/20/17 12:58 pm | updated: 04/20/17 12:58 pm
 
The FBI announced today that a Bucks County man is under arrest for allegedly stealing almost a half a million dollars over 11 separate bank robberies in Pennsylvania since 2012. 57-year-old Richard Boyle of Doylestown is charged with multiple counts of bank robbery, using or carrying a firearm during the commission of those bank robberies, and money laundering. Boyle was nicknamed "The Straw Hat Bandit" because of his proclivity for wearing a variety of hats during the robberies. He would also cover his face with a mask, pillowcase, or bandana. The FBI says that Boyle stole a total of $495,686. He allegedly attempted to launder the money through his aerial photography business. The list of banks he robbed is listed below.

Philadelphia Firefighters responded to a fire in the Tacony section on Wednesday night and found an alligator inside the burning apartment. It happened just before 8 p.m. above a barber shop on the corner of Unruh Ave. and Tulip St. The fire took about 15 minutes to bring under control and police discovered the 12-inch gator inside. The Red Paw Relief Team initially got the call but had to defer to the Animal Care & Control Team to handle the reptile. A person was sent to hospital in unknown condition.

A West Philadelphia maintenance man who was convicted last month of killing a Drexel University graduate student is dead after hanging himself in his Montgomery County prison cell. 58-year-old James Harris was found unresponsive on April 13th at Graterford State Prison and was pronounced dead at the hospital. He was serving a life sentence for the rape and murder of 27-year-old Jasmine Wright in July 2015. Harris had worked in her apartment building in University City but had been fired and came back with a spare set of keys.

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Straw Hat Bandit Robberies
6/8/2012 - Colonial American Bank, 300 Welsh Road, Horsham
9/28/2012 - First Federal Bank, 803 Park Avenue, Wrightstown
1/18/2013 - Wells Fargo Bank, 706 Stony Hill Road, Yardley
3/30/2013 - PNC Bank, 1015 South Bethlehem Pike, Ambler
5/24/2013 - Harleysville Savings Bank, 1889 East Ridge Pike, Royersford
5/24/2013 - Univest Bank, 4285 Township Line Road, Schwenksville
8/30/2013 - Wells Fargo Bank, 25 West Skippack Pike, Ambler
1/2/2014 - First Priority Bank, 10 Sentry Parkway, Blue Bell
1/6/2015 - Wells Fargo Bank, 481 West Germantown Pike, Plymouth Meeting
7/3/2015 - Wells Fargo Bank, 1675 Limekiln Pike, Dresher
7/2/2016 - PNC Bank; 1216 Welsh Road, North Wales

 
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