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SPRINGDALE, Ohio -- A Florida man police say wore an elaborate mask to rob several banks and businesses in the Tri-State over the past month is behind bars on a $3 million bond.


Conrad Zdzierak, 30, was arraigned Thursday morning on six counts of aggravated robbery in Hamilton County court.


Acting on a tip, officers from several departments served a search warrant at the Extended Stay America Hotel at 320 Glensprings Drive in Springdale Wednesday afternoon where they arrested Zdzierak.


Officers discovered a red dye pack from a bank had exploded inside a vehicle that belongs to Zdzierak.


Police then tried to enter Zdzierak's room, but were encountered by a dog that bit one of the officers, prompting one of them to fire their gun.


Once inside, officers discovered evidence, including a Hollywood-style mask linking Zdzierak to six robberies.


"The suspect seen in the surveillance photographs and that we were looking for, we believed to be an African American male. The suspect was actually a male, white, who was wearing an elaborate disguise," said Lieutenant Michael Mathis with the Springdale Police Department.


Springdale police says they have never seen such an elaborate mask.


Police say Zdzierak committed five of the robberies last Friday, April 9.


Investigators say Zdzierak would hand a note to an employee indicating he had a gun and demanded cash.


According to police, Zdzierak has been living in the Springdale hotel for the last year.


The robberies Zdzierak is charged with are:


- March 5 - Chaco Bank, 1143 Smiley, Forest Park, Ohio

- April 9 - Key Bank, 8457 Winton Road, Springfield Township, Ohio

- April 9 - Fifth Third Bank, 10595 Springfield Pike, Woodlawn, Ohio

- April 9 - Key Bank, 11355 Princeton Pike, Springdale, Ohio

- April 9 - CVS Pharmacy, 11601 Springfield Pike, Springdale, Ohio

- April 9 - Franklin Savings, 1100 West Kemper Road, Forest Park, Ohio



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ok, nevermind. this is how its done.


In an elaborate robbery scheme that's one part The Thomas Crowne Affair and one part Pineapple Express, a crook robbed an armored truck outside a Bank of America branch in Monroe, Wash., by hiring decoys through Craigslist to deter authorities.


It gets better: He then escaped in a creek headed for the Skykomish River in an inner tube, and the cops are still looking for him. "A great amount of money" was taken, Monroe police said, but did not provide a dollar value.


It appears to have unfolded this way, according to a Seattle-based NBC affiliate: around 11:00 a.m. PDT on Tuesday, the robber, wearing a yellow vest, safety goggles, a blue shirt, and a respirator mask went over to a guard who was overseeing the unloading of cash to the bank from the truck. He sprayed the guard with pepper spray, grabbed his bag of money, and fled the scene.


But here's the hilarious twist. The robber had previously put out a Craigslist ad for road maintenance workers, promising wages of $28.50 per hour. Recruits were asked to wait near the Bank of America right around the time of the robbery--wearing yellow vests, safety goggles, a respirator mask, and preferably a blue shirt. At least a dozen of them showed up after responding to the Craigslist ad.


"I came across the ad that was for a prevailing wage job for $28.50 an hour," one of the unwitting decoys, named Mike, said to the NBC station. As it turns out, they were simply placed there to confuse cops who were looking for a guy wearing a virtually identical outfit.


Authorities eventually found the getaway inner tube (a getaway inner tube!) and suspect that accomplices may have picked up the robber in a boat. According to the NBC affiliate, police hope to track him down by figuring out who posted the Craigslist ad in the first place.


Craigslist founder Craig Newmark was not immediately available for comment.


right up there with DB cooper.

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That's awesome. I mean it's terrible, but the guy was smart about getting decoys. But the first guy should have known to check for dye packs, or the hollowed out stack of bills that has the gps in it. I mean, if you're gonna rob a bank, do your research.

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