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FBI Puzzled by Mysterious Underground Tunnel Leading to Bank

An exposed portion of the tunnel leading to a Florida bank, via FBI.

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

This wasn’t your run-of-the-mill bank heist.

Florida public works officials were responding to a reported sinkhole in Pembroke Pines when they discovered a secret underground tunnel leading to a Chase bank. The employees called the FBI after spotting the entrance of the tunnel in a wooded area.

A day later, on Wednesday, FBI special agent Michael Leverock told reporters that investigators were baffled how anyone believed they could penetrate a high-security bank from a “claustrophobic” tunnel that was 2- to 3-feet in diameter.

Leverock said there’s no evidence the bank or ATM was breached, but the tunnel was about 50 yards long and did reach Chase’s property.

“This is truly a unique case here,” Leverock said. “I would like to say that I saw something like this in movies, however, this hole is so small that – it’s unique.”

FBI agents found a power cord, small generator and other items that were not disclosed.

“I don’t know how they did it. I would like to put it into words for you. But it is so cramped in there, and that wagon is – I mean it’s a puzzle. I can’t imagine how they did it,” he said.

Suspected Bank Robber Sues FBI, City of Denver for Two False Arrests

bank robberyBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A man arrested twice on suspicions of robbing banks has sued the FBI, the city of Denver and its police department, claiming he was falsely arrested and subjected to excessive force and malicious prosecution.

FOX31 reports that officials dismissed bank robbery charges against Steve Tally, who is now homeless and is seeking $10 million.

His lawyers are from the same New York firm that represents the Central Park Five, winning a $40 million judgment.

Talley was arrested for a pair of bank robberies in September 2014.

Prosecutors dismissed the charged after Tally proved his alibi that he was working during the first robbery.

Months later, Tally was arreted again based on FBI facial recognition technology. But an FBI analysis later showed Talley was not the man in the surveillance video.

“He was guilty before he was proven that he was innocent,” bank teller Bonita Shipp said. “He was an innocent man. He didn’t do it.”

Former Heroic FBI Agent Who Saved Lives During Bank Robbery Dies

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Toy Fuson

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Toy Fuson, a former FBI agent who saved the lives of several officers during a tense bank robbery, has died.

Fuson was 91.

WKRN reports that Fuson, who made headlines when he helped end a shootout and chase at a Bank of America in Tennessee, suffered a stroke.

Fuson headed the Nashville branch of the FBI.

He’s also known for leading a 1978 investigation that ended in the arrest of former Gov. Ray Blanton over a pardons-for-profit scandal.

Man Who Shot FBI Agent Was Known As ‘Longhorn Bandit’ in Denver Area

The "Longhorn Bandit"

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The 19-year-old man who killed himself after shooting an FBI agent was wanted for Denver-area bank robberies, the Denver Post reports. 

The man, Jesus Emmanuel Avila, was known as the “Longhorn Bandit” and was wanted in about a half dozen Denver-area robberies.

At the time of the shooting, FBI agents were serving a warrant for his arrest.

A member of the FBI SWAT team was shot in the leg and received non-life-threatening injuries.

“As (Avila’s) actions firing on law enforcement agents and wounding an FBI agent show, the robber was armed, dangerous and posed a grave risk to the public,” Colorado’s U.S. Attorney John Walsh said in a statement.

Robbery Suspect Shoots FBI Agent in Leg, Turns Gun on Self

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A suspect in a Colorado bank robbery shot an FBI agent in the leg and then fatally turned the gun on himself Friday afternoon.

KUSA-TV Denver reports that the agent, whose identity has not yet been released, was not seriously injured and was treated at a nearby hospital for non-life-threatening injuries to his calf.

The agent was serving a warrant at a motel in Littleton, Colo. with a task force when the suspect fired two shots at him and other law enforcement officials.

The FBI said law enforcement did not return fire, but the suspect fatally shot himself.

Rob 2 or More Banks in California And You Get a Nickname Courtesy of a Special Agent

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By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Plain Jane Bandit. Gone Plaid Bandit. Grandma Bandit.

Anyone who robs two more more banks in Los Angeles gets a nickname, Vanity Fair reports.

The idea is to help people keep track of the numerous bank robbers that are on the loose.

The practice began in the 1980s when Los Angeles was nicknamed “The Bank Robbery Capital of the World.”

The man who gets to nickname the robbers is Special Agent Steve May, the bank robbery coordinator for the bureau’s Southern California territory.

May names every robber and then adds the monickers in a database.

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FBI: TSA Airport Screener Was Getaway Driver in Bizarre ATM Robbery

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Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A TSA airport screener is accused of helping a burqa-wearing man rob a bank, the Chicago Tribune reports. Investigators said ATM technician Gildardo Lopez Jr. was disguised as a woman as he went inside an ATM vestibule and emerged 15 minutes later with $168,174 in cash, the FBI alleges.

Outside in a getaway car was driver Douglas Pineda, a TSA screener.

Authorities said the 31-year-old men are roommates.

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Washington State Man Wanted to Blow Up Wal-Mart, Gas Stations to Distract from Bank Robberies

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A recently released inmate planned to blow up a Wal-Mart and several gas stations to distract from plans he had of robbing banks in Washington state.

The Seattle Post Intelligencer reports that suspect Larry Gillette, who was arrested Monday, is accused of revealing his plans to an undercover FBI agent, saying he wanted “carnage.”

During the sting, the 53-year-old tried to acquire four pistols and a bomb from the undercover agent in hopes of using them in Shelton.

“Gillette stated he wanted the targeted Walmart leveled, and intentionally wanted the explosives placed in areas which would prompt secondary explosions causing more damage,” an FBI agent said in court papers, recounting conversations between Gillette and the undercover police officers.