Father and Son Help Crack Unsolved 1969 Bank Robbery
A father and son team are working to solve a brutal unsolved Cleveland bank robbery. This robbery is one the most well-known in American history. Theodore John Conrad was a criminal record holder who robbed the Society National Bank of Cleveland on July 24, 1969. Although few details were ever found, the robber left with $215,000, which would have been worth $1.7million by 2021. Only two days later were the missing funds discovered.
Conrad’s obsession with “The Thomas Crown Affair”
A 1968 movie starring Steve McQueen inspired robber ‘Conrad’ to commit bank heists. The movie follows an adventurous bank executive who robs a bank for sport. Conrad was so obsessed by the movie that he boasted to friends that he would eventually pull off the robbery. Conrad even revealed to friends that he had plans to rob a bank.
Although he was arrested for his crimes, he had already had a two-day head start on police. He was fascinated by the movie starring Steve McQueen that depicted the heist at a Boston bank. It left a trail full of destruction. He boasted about his plans to rob a bank and posed as a thief for friends. As a result, detectives were able to track him down and catch him.
After five decades, police finally tracked down Conrad, who lived in a suburb of Boston, Massachusetts, near the location of the original movie. During this time, the police gathered clues and tracked the robber across the country. The FBI and the U.S. Marshals eventually found his apartment, where he lived with his family and was diagnosed with lung cancer. He died of lung cancer at 50, while investigators chased him across the country.
After the bank robbery, Conrad began living in the Boston area. He used his alias, Thomas Randele, to start a new life. He was a car salesman and a country club pro, and even worked at an used-car dealership. He didn’t tell his family. He hid in the shadows for decades in a Boston suburb.
Randele was not the victim of the crime according to a friend’s obituary. However, a 1960 newspaper article made the case even more fascinating. The dates of birth for both men were matched in the obituary. And both men went to the same high school. They even went to the same doctor. Their fathers took them to the same ice-cream shop.
Conrad’s father was a U.S. marshal
Conrad’s family has been in the news recently due to the discovery of his criminal past. He committed bank robbery while still a teenager and later turned out to be a loving father and responsible partner. His wife Kathy has been subject to a lot of teasing for comments about Conrad’s background. She’s now trying to get over the death of her husband.
The robbery took place in Cleveland. Conrad was a cash vault teller for Society National Bank. He packaged and delivered money to the branch locations. His boss thought Conrad was a model employee, so he encouraged him to rob the bank. Conrad’s friends told him that, despite his boss’s praises, he was obsessed by the 1968 film “The Thomas Crown Affair” and that he believed he could pull off a robbery.
The witness protection program was initiated by the US Marshals Service in Cleveland. Elliot couldn’t find Conrad so he turned to Interpol for help. Elliot became obsessed by the case and continued to investigate it long after his retirement. Even after he passed away in 1990, the case continued to be worked on by his son.
During his life, Thomas Randele, Conrad’s father was a U-S. marshal who helped crack unsolved 1969 bank robbery. He bragged about how easy the bank robbery was. Thomas Randele died of lung cancer in May 2021. Although his birthdate was listed as July 10, 1947, it was actually July 10, 1949. He would have been 71 at the time of his passing.
Thomas Randele, the father of the robber Conrad, had worked as a teller in the Society National Bank in Cleveland. He left the bank with $215,000 in a brown paper bag, which translates to about $1.6 million today. The two-day head start allowed Conrad to flee the scene.
Conrad’s alias was matched to a filing from Thomas Randele
Marshals in Cleveland were able to match Conrad’s 1960s papers to Randele’s 2014 bankruptcy filing after matching him with documents from the later life of the convicted killer. Thomas Randele, who was diagnosed with lung cancer in May 2014, had lived in Boston since the 1970s. He had filed for bankruptcy in 2014. The alias Conrad was using helped the investigation.
The case was long cold but was revived after the obituary of Thomas Randele was published. During the investigation, Conrad’s alias was used by the marshals to match a Thomas Randele filing. The case was finally settled in 2014 when the debtor filed bankruptcy. Conrad’s long-time friend, Conrad, was reunited with him after the search for his true identity.
The US Marshals Service pursued this case for years and finally identified Conrad’s alias as Thomas Randele. The US Marshals Service matched Conrad’s paperwork to Thomas Randele’s chapter forms from 2014. Both men lived in Boston, and Conrad confessed to his crime at his deathbed. The investigation continues to uncover more information about the death and life of the deceased.
Thomas Randele worked in suburban Boston selling luxury cars. To hide his true identity, he used the alias Ted Conrad. Authorities were able to identify him because his obituary was published in a local newspaper. The investigation revealed that Randele’s alias was Theodore John Conrad. The former bank teller had been hiding $215,000 in a paper bag when he walked out of the bank in 1969.
Although some private investigators have ruled him out as the true culprit, the investigation has provided additional evidence to support his identity. As the case continues, the FBI is looking for more evidence. The FBI has discovered a new clue about Conrad, as it turns out. Conrad had been obsessed with the 1968 Steve McQueen movie “The Thomas Crown Affair.”
The robber had a two-day head start on investigators. Conrad had become obsessed with the movie “The Thomas Crown Affair” starring Steve McQueen, a millionaire businessman who committed a bank robbery for fun. He also bragged to his friends that it was easy to rob a bank, and even gave his friends tips on how to do it. He became obsessed with the movie over the months and developed a plan.
Conrad confessed to bank robbery in a letter to his girlfriend
Ted Conrad, a thief, orchestrated the insidious plot that led to the 1969 bank heist. The robber walked out of the Society National Bank in Cleveland with over $215,000 in cash. Conrad wrote his girlfriend a confession to the crime, but police didn’t act immediately. In fact, police never found him. Conrad’s family and friends didn’t call police after the robbery so the heist was not noticed. Instead, the thief moved to Boston, took on a new identity, and applied for a social security number.
Conrad then resorted to a scheme involving thefts. Conrad robbed the bank which was worth approximately $1.5 million at that time. Most of the stolen money was lost in a bad investment. Conrad’s letters to his girlfriend revealed that he had money to live in hiding. Conrad stole $215,000 in 1969, which is close to $1.3 million today. In fact, federal marshals believe Conrad was able to conceal the heist by living with a family or by taking an assumed name. This would allow him to blend in with the population far away from Cleveland.
Despite not having any leads, police continued to search for the missing man. They followed Conrad’s trail from California to LA, and finally to Oregon. He even changed his name to Thomas Randele, applied for a social security number, and cut off all contact with his previous life. Because police were conducting other investigations, the cold case was growing.
The search for Conrad continues after Elliott’s father passed away 20 years ago. His son, Pete Elliott, is now the top U.S. marshal in Cleveland. Investigators uncovered Randele’s identity and gathered information about his past and current life. Conrad, who had changed his name to Thomas Randele, went on to marry a woman he met in a sleazy bar in Boston and sell luxury cars. Conrad admitted his past just days before he died from lung cancer.