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Boston Man Charged with Bank Robbery

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Massachusetts
Defendant admitted to robbing nine banks

BOSTON – Paul B. Landrum, dubbed the “Route 128 bandit,” 38, of Boston, was charged yesterday with bank robbery. He is scheduled to appear before U.S. Magistrate Judge Donald L. Cabell on Friday, Nov. 3, 2017, at 10:15 a.m.


According to court documents, between July 31, 2017, and Oct. 6, 2017, nine banks were robbed in the Greater Boston area, and in all of the robberies, the perpetrator was described as a 30-45-year-old light-skinned black or Hispanic male wearing a baseball hat, sunglasses and a long-sleeved collarless shirt. Based on the descriptive similarities at each bank, law enforcement suspected that the same individual was involved in each robbery. 


An investigation into the robber’s get-away vehicle led law enforcement to identify Landrum as the suspect, and on Oct. 24, 2017, law enforcement arrested Landrum in Boston.  It is alleged that after being advised of his rights, Landrum admitted to robbing a branch of Bank of America in Bedford on Oct. 6, 2017, and that he robbed the eight other banks in question since July 31.


Landrum faces a sentence of no greater than 20 years in prison, three years of supervised release, and a fine of $250,000. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors. 


Acting United States Attorney William D. Weinreb and Harold H. Shaw, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Boston Field Office made the announcement today. The Boston FBI Violent Crimes Task Force, the Massachusetts State Police, and the Boston, Brookline, Medford, Somerville, and Wellesley police departments assisted with the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Kenneth G. Shine of Weinreb’s Major Crimes Unit is prosecuting the case.


The details contained in the court documents are allegations. The defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

Updated November 2, 2017

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