The story of Theodore John Conrad sounds like a movie script. At the age of 20, he decided to steal $ 215,000 from the bank where he was a cashier, while detectives – father and son – followed his case for decades, until the deficit marked by disappointment subsided.
That was in 1969, when Conrad took the money – from the bank – to the present $ 1.7 million. Society National Bank He worked in Cleveland. He took it out of the cupboard, put it in a paper bag, and came out like nothing serious was wrong. It was only when he did not come to work on Friday that other employees noticed the theft on Monday.
It was one of the biggest robberies in the city now, five decades later, United States Marshalls Service Being able to identify who is considered one of the most wanted survivors in the country.
After stealing the money, he adopted the name Thomas Randall, fled to Los Angeles, Washington DC, and finally settled in Boston, 1,000 kilometers from the crime scene.
“He has led an unpretentious life in the Boston suburbs since the 1970s.”Officials report.
The New York Times Conrad Pro said he has worked for a golf and a used car dealer for the past 40 years.
He was diagnosed with lung cancer in May of this year in Lynnfield, Massachusetts, until he died at the age of 71, the Marshalls announced.
Theft inspired by the movie
A paradoxical fact is that a year after the robbery, Conrad went to Boston, where the film “The Thomas Crown Affair” was filmed, where authorities point out that the protagonist is stealing more than $ 2 million from a bank. And even though it is only taken as event data, it is the opposite.
The Marshalls service confirms in its statement that “a year before the robbery” Conrad was obsessed with the film and bragged to his friends about “how easy it is to withdraw money from the bank”.
It is estimated that Conrad Robbery saw this film more than a dozen times during its production.
His way is father and son
For five decades, police discovered Conrad’s whereabouts in various states, including California, Hawaii, Texas, and Oregon. His disappearance was a mystery and even on television gave him a place on the “most beloved” and “unsolved mysteries” shows in America.
As the case cooled years later, Sheriff Peter J., one of the key investigators who followed the example of his father, who was “frantic” in the Conrad case and kept it alive. Elliott.
“It simply came to our notice then. My father was John K. Elliott was a sheriff in Cleveland from 1969 until his retirement in 1990. My father never stopped looking for Conrad and wanted to finish the case until he dies in 2020. Said.
Officers who were alerted by the appearance of Randall’s mourning (Conrad’s fictional name) in a newspaper compared documents and finally found his identity. Some of these documents were discovered by Elliott Sr., who eventually helped clarify one of the worst attacks in recent times.
“I hope my father retires a little easier today knowing his investigation has brought this decades-long mystery closure.”Sheriff Elliott said CNN.