Conrad Zdzierak, 30, of Ohio, robbed at least five banks on April 9. But, because of the life-like "Hollywood-style" mask he wore during the hold ups, he had cops fooled into thinking a black man was committing the crimes.
Detectives say Zdzierak was initially able to elude the cops because of his disguise, an expensive silicon mask called “The Player” valued at around $650.He was charged him with six counts of aggravated robbery and is now free on a $3 million bond.
"The suspect seen in the surveillance photographs and that we were looking for, we believed to be an African-American male. The suspect was actually a male, white, who was wearing an elaborate disguise," Springdale, Ohio, Police Lt. Michael Mathis told WFTS.
Investigators believe Zdzierak likely removed the mask between the robberies in order to confuse the cops who believed they were looking a black man.
The authorities caught a break when they spotted a Volvo with its interior splattered with red dye from a dye pack slipped into a bag used to hold the stolen money.
Police found Zdzierak hiding in a motel bathroom.