Pennsylvania bank robber who earned the nickname "straw hat bandit" for wearing colorful head wear during heists was arrested on Thursday for a string of 11 robberies, authorities said. According to reports, The FBI says Boyle's series of armed bank robberies began in early June of 2012 when he's alleged to have robbed the Colonial American Bank in Horsham. Richard Boyle, 57, of Doylestown stole almost a half million dollars in the robbery spree between 2012 and 2016, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said.
A federal grand jury returned an indictment charging him with 11 counts of bank robbery, 10 counts of using or carrying a firearm during the commission of those bank robberies and 10 counts of money laundering. The alleged bank robberies netted Boyle almost 500,000.
At the start of 2013, on January 18, the same man is believed to have held up the Wells Fargo Bank, 706 Stony Hill Road in Yardley, and then on March 30 robbed the PNC Bank, 1015 S. Bethlehem Pike in Ambler.
- March 30, 2013: PNC Bank, 1015 South Bethlehem Pike, Ambler, Pa.
May 24, 2013, two banks were robbed, the Harleysville Savings Bank, 1889 E. Ridge Pike in Royersford, and the Univest Bank, 4285 Township Line Road in Schwenksville. Over the next four years Boyle is accused of holding up 10 more banks.
An indictment alleges that Boyle laundered a portion of the proceeds of these robberies through his aerial photography business, in an attempt to hide the source of these funds.
- August 30, 2013: Wells Fargo Bank, 25 West Skippack Pike, Ambler, Pa.