|Steven Gregory Gass and his parents live in Frederick, Maryland, United States. He previously lived in Miami Springs, Florida, USA. |
Gass used to make his living importing roses. After losing his career in telemarketing floral sales, he became addicted to powder cocaine and liquor and started robbing banks.
As a serial bank robber, Gass was dubbed The Joker and later The Old Man Bandit. Here are 13 more things about him:
- In 1976, he robbed a bank for the first time.
- On May 13, 1977, he held up a bank in Rockville, Maryland at gunpoint. As he was walking out of the bank, he was arrested by a Federal Bureau of Investigation agent, who was married to one of the bank’s tellers. He was convicted of two bank robberies in Maryland and was sentenced as a youthful offender.
- From October 1989 to December 1990, he allegedly robbed at least 20 banks in Florida. After an informant tipped agents to his identity, he pleaded guilty to eight robberies and was sent to federal prison.
- On January 1, 1998, he was released from federal prison. After this, he worked in the rose-importing business and earned up to $100,000 annually until 2007 when the business started drying up.
- He has two daughters and two sons. The younger daughter holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology. The first son was born in 2000 and the second son was born in 2002.
- In January 2008, he resumed robbing banks. From April 2008 and February 2010, he robbed 21 banks in Florida. When the FBI released to the media a compilation of surveillance footage and photos of himself robbing banks in February 2010, his then girlfriend, the mother of his youngest son, recognized him on television. On February 19, 2010, FBI agents arrested him in the parking lot of a hotel in Miami Springs.
- In May 2010, he pleaded guilty to robbing 19 banks.
- On July 30, 2010, he was sentenced to 13 years in prison.
- While in Miami Federal Detention Center in Miami, Florida in September 2010, he sent a 10-page handwritten letter to South Florida Sun Sentinel, in which he explained that he targeted banks because of the ease and accessibility of the money and admitted his behavior was sociopathic. He said he used the money to help pay mounting bills and feed his drug addictions.
- In 2019, he was released from the Miami Federal Detention Center for medical reasons. His release was originally scheduled for June 21, 2021.
- On June 18, 2022, he allegedly entered a Truist Bank in Bethesda, Maryland wearing a fisherman’s hat and face mask, passed a note to an employee to announce robbery and left with an undisclosed amount of money.
- On July 14, 2022, he allegedly entered a Wells Fargo bank in Gaithersburg, Maryland wearing a fisherman’s hat, mask and sunglasses and handed the teller a handwritten note saying he intended to rob it but another employee hit the bank’s silent alarm. He left without the money and was arrested without incident at a nearby park and ride.
- He was 67 years old when he was arrested on July 14, 2022. He was held at the Montgomery County Central Processing Unit in Rockville without bond.