The individual, named Ted Conrad, was one of the most wanted fugitives in the country’s history. The sum of money he took at the time would be equivalent to 1.7 million dollars today (1.4 million euros).
The man changed his identity after 1970 and went by the name Thomas Randele. According to the U.S. Marshals Service, Conrad became obsessed with the movie The Thomas Crown Affair, which was filmed near his home and told of a robbery of more than $2 million from a Boston bank.
The robbery, which took place on a Friday, was not discovered until the following Monday, when the individual did not show up for work. Since then, investigators focused the case in different states such as Hawaii, Texas and California.
Last week authorities traveled to Massachusetts and discovered that the individual had been living in Boston under a new name. To affirm this, they compared documents from the 1960s with documents signed under his new name, Thomas Randele, confirms the aforementioned media outlet.
However, his identity was discovered posthumously, as Conrad died in May 2021 at the age of 71 after failing to overcome lung cancer, according to the U.S. Marshals Service.
Father and son solved the mystery
Ohio sheriff’s deputy, John K. Elliott, lived near the suspect in the late 1960s and worked tirelessly until he uncovered the identity of the burglar. His son, Peter J. Elliott, has stated after solving the case that his father never stopped looking for Conrad and always wanted to close the case until his death in 2020.
The son wanted to remember his father and hopes that his father is resting easier knowing that his investigation brought closure to this decades-long mystery.