“Incognito Bandit” Caught at Dulles Airport

“Incognito Bandit” Caught at Dulles Airport

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers arrested Albert Taderera, 36, as he attempted to board a flight to South Africa at Dulles International Airport about 5 p.m. March 24. Taderera was wanted by the FBI as a suspect in 16 Boston area bank robberies.

Taderera, of Brighton, Massachusetts, was charged with the Oct. 7, robbery of a branch of the TD Bank in Wayland, Massachusetts. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts is prosecuting Taderera and he is scheduled to appear in the Eastern Virginia U.S. District Court on March 27 for his initial appearance.

The FBI Boston Division’s Violent Crimes Task Force named this alleged serial bank robber the “Incognito Bandit.” According to court documents, between February 2015 and March 2017, 16 banks were robbed in the Metro-West and Greater Boston areas. In most of the robberies, the robber was disguised in a dark hooded sweatshirt, dark face mask/sunglasses covering his face, dark gloves and dark clothing and was armed with what tellers described as a black semi-automatic handgun.

Court documents state that witnesses described observing the robber leave in a black BMW sedan. On March 16, Concord, Massachusetts, Police Department officers identified Taderera as a possible suspect following a vehicle stop of a black BMW sedan. Officers impounded the vehicle due to the vehicle registration being revoked.

On March 22, an individual identifying himself as Taderera, called the tow company and inquired about the status of his BMW. The tow company informed Taderera that the vehicle was in police custody.

Court documents further state that Boston CBP officers alerted FBI special agents on March 23 that Taderera had booked a Friday flight to Ethiopia. He then rebooked his flight to South Africa. CBP officers encountered Taderera in the jetway at Dulles, confirmed his identity and arrested him. Officers then turned Taderera over to agents from the FBI Boston Division.

“As the nation’s border security agency, Customs and Border Protection knows precisely who is arriving and departing the United States. It is this unique capability that CBP contributes to our law enforcement partners in capturing wanted persons such as the alleged Incognito Bandit, and in helping to keep our communities safe,” CBP Baltimore Field Operations Director Casey Owen Durst said.

The charging statute provides for a sentence of no greater than 25 years in prison, five years of supervised release and a fine of up to $250,000. Actual sentences for federal crimes are typically less than the maximum penalties. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the US sentencing guidelines and other statutory factors.