‘Apologetic Bank Robber’ Strikes Again?

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SCRANTON, Pa. -- Scranton police say they've caught the man who robbed a bank on Monday and they tell us the suspect has done it before.

Officers say Thomas Smith, 36, of Scranton, was arrested Tuesday for the holdup at FNCB branch on North Keyser Avenue.

Smith was convicted in 2005 of six bank robberies in Peckville, Scranton, Dickson City, Moosic, and Dunmore. He served five years for those crimes and was ordered to pay back $16,000.

Back then, he was dubbed the "apologetic robber" because, in each robbery, he gave the teller a note apologizing for the crimes.

Police in Scranton say this time the robber indicated to tellers that he had a gun. He demanded money and got away through the parking lot. There is no indication the robber ever apologized.

A different M.O. for a very familiar crime.

Smith was arrested by police in Scranton without incident Tuesday. He's in custody awaiting his first court appearance on the new charges.

1 Comment

  • lickerblisters

    I consider myself the “apologetic poster.” I am always sorry for my outrageous posts but the impulse to post such nonsense is too much for me to control.

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