SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — The suspect dubbed the “Fedora Bandit” was charged with seven counts of armed bank robbery on Tuesday, U.S. Attorney Benjamin Wagner announced.

David Griffith Osborne, 74, of Carson City, Nev., is accused of robbing the following banks:

  • Dec. 22, 2009, Bank of the West, 736 Taylorville Road, Grass Valley;
  • Feb. 18, 2010, Bank of the West, 2160 Lake Tahoe Boulevard, South Lake Tahoe;
  • March 9, 2010, Bank of the West, 200 Bear Street, Kings Beach;
  • March 31, 2010, Bank of the West, 736 Taylorville Road, Grass Valley;
  • April 26, 2010, Bank of the West, 34 East Gridley Road, Gridley;
  • June 3, 2010, American River Bank, 9750 Business Park Drive, Rancho Cordova;
  • June 29, 2010, Chase Bank, 6669 Clark Road, Paradise.

In addition, according to court documents, Osborne also committed the April 12, 2010 armed robbery of the Bank of the West’s Carson City branch at 2976 North Carson Street.

Osborne is currently in federal custody in Lompoc on drug trafficking conviction after being stopped in a motor home in Kansas in December 2010 with more than 40 pounds of cocaine and more than 160 pounds of marijuana.

According to the FBI criminal complaint, Osborne confessed to the bank robberies while being interviewed at the federal penitentiary on Jan. 19.

He faces up to 25 years in federal prison for each armed bank robbery. Osborne, who earned the nickname because of the fedora-style hat he wore during alleged heists, made off with a reported $56,000 in cash from the California bank robberies.


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