A convicted bank robber has been nabbed again by the FBI, this time for allegedly sticking up 11 banks in a variety of disguises, leading authorities to dub him the “Straw Hat Bandit.”
Richard Boyle, 57, of Doylestown, Pa., was arrested Thursday by the FBI after a grand jury indicted him on 11 counts of bank robbery for allegedly stealing $495,686 during bank heists in Montgomery and Bucks counties in Pennsylvania between 2012 and 2016.
Boyle also allegedly laundered a portion of those proceeds through his aerial photography business, the Department of Justice announced.
The FBI said Boyle concealed his face during all of the robberies using a mask, pillowcase or bandanna. He also wore a variety of hats and outfits, including a large straw hat, bucket hats, baseball caps, suits and ties or hooded sweatshirts.
Boyle, according to the FBI, was sought in connection to the robberies beginning on June 8, 2012, in Horsham, Pa., through July 2, 2016, in North Wales, Pa., during which he displayed a gun before making a verbal demand for money and then fleeing.
Boyle was convicted in 2008 of robbing eight banks and was sentenced to up to 10 years in prison. He was later released in Aug. 2011, The Intelligencer reports.
Boyle, who was already in custody for a parole violation, appeared before a judge Thursday to be formally charged. He will remain in federal custody pending a detention hearing scheduled for Monday, Philly.com reports.
Boyle said little during his appearance in federal court, but cited the importance of making “better choices” during his sentencing in 2008, according to Philly.com.
“I want to sorry I’m sorry to everybody – to the victims, the court and my family,” Boyle told Judge Jeffrey Finley as he was sentenced. “I wish I could have made better choices.”
It unclear whether Boyle has hired an attorney.