DAVID GRIFFITH OSBORNE age 74, has been arrested as the Fedora Bandit by the FBI. The disguise-wearing bank robber who targeted Bank of the West locations in Nevada County, Yuba County in California as well as in the state of Nevada Has been arrested according to the FBI’s Special Agent Steve Dupre The Fedora Bandit is in custody on unrelated charges.
“We are fairly certain that we have identified the Fedora Bandit. We have not brought formal charges against him yet and there is going to be some time delay before that happens. So his identity is not going to be released and this person is in custody on some unrelated charges serving a 3 year sentence.” FBI Special Agent Steven Pupre
DNA gathered at the insistence of the Grass Valley Police Department at the time of the local robberies is credited with linking the suspect to the bank robberies. Known as the “fedora bandit” for his penchant for disguising himself in a old-fashioned hat, dark sunglasses and fake beard. The suspect has only hit Bank of the West in his four-month crime spree.
The spree started late in 2010 in Grass Valley with a Dec. 22 robbery. Since then, the bandit has committed Bank of West branch robberies Feb. 18 in South Lake Tahoe, March 8 in Kings Beach, then again at the same Grass Valley location on March 31st also in Gridley and Carson City, Nevada. He is accused of a total of 6 bank robberies.
These robberies were being investigated by the Grass Valley Police Department, the South Lake Tahoe Police Department, the Placer County Sheriff’s Department, the Gridley-Biggs Police Department, the Carson City Sheriff’s Office and the FBI.