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Bank Robber Dapper Bandit Finally Caught in Brooklyn

Bank tellers breathe a sigh of relief. The Dapper Bandit was arrested. Big banks and their New York City workers' compensation lawyers now have one less workplace hazard to worry about.

The Dapper Bandit, also known as Dana Connor, is a life-long bank robber notoriously known for robbing banks while dressed as if attending a business meeting. Usually handing over a demand note and flashing a gun, the bank robber made off with thousands of dollars in a recent crime spree, reports the New York Post.

Connor has been robbing banks since the 1970s and has a lengthy criminal history, reports the Post. He previously did a ten-year stretch in federal prison for a string of about 30 robberies committed in the 1980s.

In his latest robbery spree, Connor was wanted for ten gunpoint bank robberies in Manhattan since last September, reports the Post. He allegedly utilized his trademark delivery in the robberies, dressed to the nines and slipping a demand note to the teller while flashing a handgun.

Surprisingly, bank robbery was not that lucrative for Connor as he made off with only about $25,000 for the heists. He probably could have made as much working at McDonald's.

But whether it was for the money or the thrill, Connor was caught and he now faces another jail stint -- this time with ten years as the possible minimum penalty.

Bank robbery where the robber displays a gun and threatens to use it is considered robbery of the first degree. This is a class B felony and someone convicted of the crime normally faces somewhere between five and 25 years in jail.

Connor's previous sentence of ten years was just about right for a first time offense. But with his second arrest, Connor could now face another 25 years in jail. Only this time, ten years will be mandatory minimum sentence as he has a violent predicate on his record.

The Dapper Bandit Dana Connor was caught holed up in a Brooklyn apartment. Given his previous history, Manhattan banks can likely breathe a sigh of relief at least for the next decade.

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