Infamous Ohio bank robber who vanished 50 years ago ID’ed as dead man

Infamous Ohio bank robber who vanished 50 years ago ID’ed as dead man

The US Marshals identified Theodore "Ted" Conrad, who died in May 2021, as the bank robber who became one of America's most wanted fugitives.

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A man who became one of America’s most wanted fugitives when he robbed an Ohio bank more than 50 years ago was finally identified by US Marshals — six months after he died, officials announced Friday.

Theodore John Conrad was 20 and working as a teller at the Society National Bank in Cleveland, when one Friday in July 1969, he pulled off one of the biggest heists in the city’s history, by quietly filling a paper bag with $215,000 in cash and leaving.

It wasn’t until the following Monday, when Conrad didn’t show up for work, that the bank checked it vault and discovered the cash — equivalent to more than $1.7 million in 2021 — was missing.

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By then, the former employee already had a two-day head start ahead of law enforcement — and they would never catch him.

The unassuming bank teller had been obsessed with the 1968 heist movie “The Thomas Crown Affair,” starring Steve McQueen. In the film, which Conrad had seen more than a dozen times, McQueen robs a Boston bank of some $2 million with a team. Officials said Conrad bragged to his friends about how easy it would be to rob his workplace, and even told them of his plans.

His case went cold, eluding investigators for 52 years. It became part of Cleveland lore, and was featured on TV’s “America’s Most Wanted” and “Unsolved Mysteries.”