Bank bandit pleads

Fedora-wearing robber admits guilt in federal court

The Fedora Hat Bandit—the Carson City, Nev., serial robber who held up seven banks at gunpoint in 2009 and 2010—pleaded guilty in federal court to three counts of armed bank robbery Jan. 11.

David Griffith Osborne, 74, wore a fedora hat, sunglasses, fake mustache and goatee during his robbery spree from December 2009 to June 2010, according to a Department of Justice press release.

Osborne pleaded guilty to robbing of Bank of the West in Gridley, Chase Bank in Paradise, and the American River Bank in Rancho Cordova. He also admitted to bank robberies in Grass Valley, South Lake Tahoe, Carson City and Kings Beach, Nev. He was identified by surveillance images and DNA left on a bicycle he used in the Paradise robbery.

When sentenced in March, Osborne faces up to 25 years in prison.