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Fedora bandit gets nine years in prison

A former Carson City man who robbed more than a half dozen banks while wearing a distinctive hat was sentenced to nine years in prison on Friday.

Known as the Fedora Bandit, David Griffith Osborne, 75, admitted to three counts of armed bank robbery, U.S. Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced.

On Jan. 11, Osborne pleaded guilty to robbing the Gridley Bank of the West on April 26, 2010; the Rancho Cordova American River Bank on June 3, 2010; and the Paradise Chase Bank on June 29, 2010.

Osborne also admitted to four other bank robberies in Grass Valley on Dec. 22, 2009, and again on March 31, 2010; in South Lake Tahoe on Feb. 18, 2010; and in Kings Beach on March 9, 2010.

He will be required to pay $55,929 in restitution for all seven robberies.

In each of his seven robberies, Osborne wore a hat, sunglasses, a fake mustache and goatee, and demanded money while brandishing a firearm. Osborne was identified on surveillance images, and after the June 29, 2010, robbery of the Paradise Bank, his DNA was recovered from an abandoned bicycle that he used as a getaway vehicle. Osborne also confessed to the seven armed robberies and also admitted that he had robbed a Bank of the West branch on 2976 North Carson Street, in Carson City.

This case was the product of an investigation by the FBI with the assistance from police departments in Grass Valley, South Lake Tahoe, Gridley, and Paradise; the Sheriff’s Offices in Placer and Sacramento Counties; and the Carson City Sheriff’s Office. It was the collaborative effort and cooperation of the agencies involved in the investigation that ultimately led to Osborne’s identification and the filing of federal charges. Assistant U.S. Attorney Michelle Rodriguez prosecuted the case.


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