A father and son team has helped police solve an unsolved bank robbery in New Jersey. Ted Conrad left work on June 16, 1969 carrying a large cash bag. Conrad confessed to the crime and walked out of work with the bag in his hand. The father and son team gathered evidence that prompted the bank to release more than $800,000 from the Conrad family’s bank account.
Ted Conrad lived under fictitious name Thomas Randele
Ted Conrad, a bank robber in Boston, Massachusetts, pulled off a heist in 1969 and lived under that fictitious name until last may. He was a bank teller at the Society National Bank in Boston when he stole $215,000 in cash from a safe. He was caught when his wife asked golfing buddies and co-workers to come by and help her find the missing money.
The robbery left a trail of destruction. Conrad walked out of the bank alone on July 11, 1969. He took the money and fled the scene. He believed he could return home after he had crossed the country. He cut all contact with his family and many believed he had died.
After the heist, authorities did not realize that Conrad was still at large, so he escaped. During the robbery, Conrad had a head start. John Elliott and Conrad shared a doctor and knew each other well. This gave Conrad a huge advantage over Elliott. The robber also had an advantage over authorities because he was well-organized and used a fictitious name.
Following the heist, Conrad adopted the fictitious name Thomas Randele and moved to Lynnfield, Mass., where he died of lung cancer in May. This town is also the setting of the 1968 Steve McQueen film, The Thomas Crown Affair, in which a millionaire commits a bank robbery.
Marshals from Cleveland, Ohio, traveled to Lynnfield, Massachusetts, to find Thomas Conrad. His address was about 21 miles from the location of the crime. After his arrest, he filed for bankruptcy in the Boston Federal Court in 2014 and later died of lung cancer in 2021. Conrad was not caught in a second attempt. It is not clear why Conrad kept his identity secret for so long.
The investigation began with an obituary of Mr. Conrad. It incorrectly listed July 10, 1947 as the date of birth. The true date was July 10, 1949. It was a similar day. Also, his parents’ names were almost identical. The obituary also mentioned Denver and not New England College. That’s a clue as to where he lived at the time of the crime.
Conrad confessed to bank robbery
Theodore Conrad admitted to robbing a bank in 1969 and is wanted by the FBI. He was just 21 years old when the heist occurred and the money from the vault was worth $215,000, or about $1.6 million today. He confessed in a summary report compiled by marshals. Investigators chased leads across the country and eventually found him.
Conrad spent almost five decades hiding from the law. Conrad disguised himself as a bank teller to hide his true identity. Eventually, he settled in Boston under the name Thomas Randele and married Kathy. He then worked in the car business for 40 years before retiring in 2014.
The Cleveland-based Marshals revealed that Conrad lived under an alias. He had cut off all contact with his siblings and divorced parents. Some believed he was dead, so his family believed he was. He confessed to the crime but he didn’t intend to remorse when he died.
Conrad was inspired by the character of Steve McQueen’s obituary to commit the heist. He drove an MG sports car and drank expensive gin. He played billiards, golf, and fantasized. Conrad was just twenty years old when he planned the robbery. He was inspired by a 1968 Steve McQueen film called The Thomas Crown Affair and prepared hundreds of thousands of dollars from his employer.
During the heist, John Elliott, a US marshal, was nearby. Both Conrad and Elliott shared a doctor, so they had a leg up on the authorities. This gave Conrad an advantage over the others because he was more disciplined and had an advantage over them. In addition, a Cleveland couple who lived in Hawaii recognized Conrad and confessed to the robbery after they met him.
Elliott’s father was obsessed with Conrad. The two of them had met in Lakewood, where both Conrad and Elliott attended high school. Elliott’s father, also named Elliott went to the same doctor. They even took their children to the same ice cream store. Elliott’s father did not give up on Conrad because of his involvement in the bank robbery. Elliott believes his daughter and wife knew the story was coming.
Conrad’s obsession for 1968 film “The Thomas Crown Affair”
For years, police were investigating the case of Theodore Conrad, a bank robber who had a two-day head start on law enforcement. The former bank teller had become obsessed with the 1968 heist movie, “The Thomas Crown Affair,” starring Steve McQueen. Conrad had told his friends about the planned robbery and hid his identity from investigators. The case even ended up being featured on television shows like “Unsolved Mysteries” and “America’s Most Wanted” and detectives chased him across the country.
During the 1970s, Conrad lived in a suburb of Boston near the location of the 1968 crime film, and the documents he filled out matched documents filled out by a fictitious Randele in the state of Massachusetts. The fictitious Randele, who died of lung cancer in 2021, used a birth date of July 10, 1947, whereas the real Randele was born on July 19, 1949. He confessed to the crime at his funeral.
A US marshals service investigation found that documents written in 1960s by Conrad were matched up with Randele’s. Randele gave his birth date as 10 July 1947 in a 2014 bankruptcy case. Conrad would have been 71 at the time of his death. The documents were obtained through a search for Conrad’s real identity, which led to a reunion with his longtime friend.
The book was inspired by the film’s title, and its plot arc. The plot line is a parody of the famous 1968 movie. The novel is set in a suburban neighborhood. Conrad, who was in high school in Lakewood, attended the same high school. His father, meanwhile, also went to the same doctor, and Elliott grew up in the same neighborhood.
According to the story Conrad was obsessed by the film and the book. The book had been published before Conrad was discovered. While his name was not revealed, the robbery was solved after a tipped-off FBI agent wrote an obituary in a local newspaper. The weekly Lynnwood News published the obituary. Conrad was born in Denver, July 10, to parents Edward and Ruthabeth. He studied at New England College in New Hampshire and later moved to Los Angeles.
Conrad walked out of work with paper bag containing cash
In 1969, Paul Conrad robbed a bank in Cleveland, Ohio. He made off with $215,000 (equivalent to $1.7 million today) from the Society National Bank. As a teller, he had access to hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash every day. His robbery plan was so simple that he even promised his friends that it would not be difficult.
Conrad lived in Boston after the bank robbery. He lived close to the site where the robbery happened in “The Thomas Crown Affair” movie. The movie depicts the life of a bank-robber who steals $2 million. However, Conrad’s alleged heist took place on a Friday, so the bank was unaware that the money had gone missing until Monday. Therefore, the case went cold.
After the real-life bank robbery, Conrad fled to the Boston area and lived under the fictitious name Thomas Randele. He died of lung cancer this year. Federal authorities claim that Conrad lived for a decade under a false name, and that he was caught in the time he needed.
The case was a cold one for many decades, but it was recently revived after Randele’s obituary was published. They matched the papers he filed in the 1960s with the documents he completed in 2014. The case was finally settled in 2014 when the debtor filed bankruptcy. After the robbery, Conrad cut off contact with his entire family, including his parents, three siblings, and a wife. Some believed Conrad was dead because of the amount of time that passed between the robbery and his family’s response.
Elliott’s father became obsessed with the case, and he would ask him where he was when dinner was over. He wanted to find the murderer who took their money. Elliott’s father moved to Lakewood in Cleveland and his father also lived there. He also took Elliott to the same doctor as his father and to the same ice cream shop. They shared a common interest, and Conrad had a rap sheet.