‘Grandpa Bandit’ Caught in Indiana After 7-State Crime Spree, including Pennsylvania

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A thief known nationwide by the FBI as the “Grandpa Bandit” has been caught and locked up in Indiana.

David Hunter, the aforementioned “Grandpa,” was captured at a casino Tuesday, ending what investigators call a seven-state crime spree.

David Hunter

Police believe Hunter is responsible for 10 armed robberies at Dollar Tree and Dollar General stores in seven states, including the Dollar General in Wilkes-Barre Township.

Police tracked Hunter to the casino in eastern Indiana where they captured him. He is currently in FBI custody.


WILKES-BARRE TOWNSHIP -- They call him "The Dollar Store Grandpa Bandit," and the FBI is on his trail after a recent robbery in Wilkes-Barre Township.

Officials say the man has robbed dollar stores in more than half a dozen states since December.

Most recently, police believe he used a stun gun and handgun to rob the Dollar General store in Wilkes-Barre Township last Wednesday night.

"That's absurd. I’ve never heard of anything like that. 'Grandpa Bandit,'” laughed Candace Kopiak of Wilkes-Barre.

According to the FBI, the "Grandpa Bandit" is a male in his 50's or 60's, last seen driving a small dark sedan.

He's suspected of robbing stores in New York, Michigan, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Idaho, Wyoming, and most recently, Pennsylvania.

"It's kind of a bizarre name. It's a little funny, too. He shouldn't be doing stuff like that. When he's caught, justice should be served,” said Zach Jacobson of Scranton.

Investigators say it is a little unusual that the "Grandpa Bandit" hit the Dollar General in Wilkes-Barre Township. He usually robs Dollar Tree stores, which makes them think he has some kind of inside knowledge about those stores and perhaps was a former employee.

"Maybe he likes cheap stuff. It's why I hit them,” laughed Kopiak.

"He should be ashamed of all people. When they find him, it's going to be a little embarrassing for him,” said Chris Rodrigues of Kingston.


  • Writer Girl

    He looks like he is still fairly fit and not bad looking. Why he wants to spend his senior years firing at store owners, is beyond me.

    • Tommy

      Could be a smart business man. With black market inspiration. Nepa isnt exactly a retirement destination. Most people spend those flashy pa state pensions else where.

  • Beatreader

    Another guy from Frackville? Jeez, guess it makes sense though since he targeted dollar stores. Frackville doesn’t have any stores. Poor chap probably thought dollar storemeant lots of money. He comes from a pretty depressed area. Don’t judge, just poor people.

  • Longgreysocks

    I wonder if this guy was stealing used bvds or long black or grey tube socks. There is a huge market for those products especially in greater frackville. Since we don’t have a mall no more and no dollar store we need to get them online. This little old guy could be a just a helpful distributor.

  • NSFAN1989

    Enough of the frackville bashing. Give this progressive area a break. The pool is open finally this year and will feature some real big models this year; including one in long grey socks. It is in a good school district with superb leadership. That just had a few beatdowns related to school activities. The multi sports complex in the borough is pretty retro. If you like rusted fences surrounding the field that were constructed before world war 2. That murder never was solved that was all over the news. Very sketch I might say.

  • J (@ds18301)

    Clearly another illegal alien criminal! Oh wait –oops again just a good ‘ol boy….Funny how people think it’s “so cute” grandpa’s pulling handguns on people. If he had a different background, they wouldn’t be saying that. And you don’t think this country is racist?

    • CeeMe

      No one thinks this guy is anything but a jerk and a danger. If this country is so racist, why do you live here? Go find someplace that is perfect, unless you’re showing your true colors, too, by staying here.

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