Masked Post Office bandit indicted on bank robbery charges

WILMINGTON, Del. - February 27, 2014

The United States Attorney announced Thursday that 29-year-old Blair Thomas was indicted on bank robbery charges.

The indictment alleges that on January 23, 2014, Thomas robbed the M&T Bank located at 4899 Limestone Road in Wilmington, getting away with $17,531.

Thomas faces a maximum of 20 years in prison if convicted.

In addition to the Delaware bank robbery, Thomas is accused in the robbery of a bank in Springfield, Delaware County, as well as a holdup at the Church Lane post office in Yeadon on January 22nd and then robbing the Darby branch with a gun on the same day.

Investigators were able to track him down because of the mask he was wearing - one that resembled bumbling Police Inspector Clouseau from the 'Pink Panther' series.

Only 17 were made and after checking with the manufacturer, police say they learned that Thomas bought one in December.

It was approximately 10:40 a.m. last Wednesday when police say Thomas entered the US Post Office located at 707 Church Lane in Yeadon. He allegedly presented a demand note to an employee, but fled after failing to obtain anything in the robbery.

Then at approximately 11:00 a.m. the same day, a clerk observed the suspect in the lobby of the US Post Office located at 801 Main Street in Darby. The man remained in the office for a brief time before leaving.

Police say Thomas returned at approximately 11:55 a.m., this time announcing a robbery while displaying a silver handgun and a demand note. However, he failed to obtain anything in this robbery attempt as well.

"The individual, who appears to be the same individual on surveillance video, shows up to Wells Fargo Bank in Springfield," Reginald Wade, U.S. Postal Inspector, said last week.

On Thursday January 23rd, authorities say he produced a demand note at the Wells Fargo Bank on Baltimore Pike in Springfield, Delaware County and got away with money.

Then at 12:30 p.m. Thomas allegedly robbed at the M&T Bank on Limestone Road in Wilmington, Delaware.

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