Cops Start Nationwide Search For ‘Dollar Store Grandpa Bandit’


Daily Caller News Foundation logo
Thomas Phippen Acting Editor-In-Chief
Font Size:

Law enforcement agencies across the country are searching for a robber known as the “Dollar Store Grandpa Bandit” who has allegedly stolen from numerous discount stores.

The suspect has been driving across the country in his silver Dodge Charger, ripping off dollar stores as he goes, for the past several months, according to the Albany Times Union.

He’s targeted eight Dollar Tree and Dollar General stores in Michigan, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Wyoming, Utah, and Idaho, in May and June this year, according to the North Greenbush Police Department.

The police are working with the FBI and local law enforcement in the hunt for the old man with the mustache.

“It is possible that he has firsthand knowledge of the operations of Dollar Tree stores which account for seven of the eight he is known to have robbed,” Robert Durivage, chief of police in North Greenbush, N.Y., told the Albany Times Union. “The suspect may have worked for or may have had an unresolved dispute with the company.”

The bandit has a system for all his robberies. He enters a store around closing time, brandishes a handgun, stun gun or pepper spray, and orders employees to remove cash from the registers and the store safe. He forces employees into back rooms, takes their cell phones so they can’t call the cops, then throws out the stolen cell phones a safe distance away, usually in a neighboring town, police said.

“In addition to displaying a handgun, the suspect has also displayed a stun-gun type weapon and pepper spray,” Durivage said. “He should be considered armed and dangerous.”

Follow Thomas Phippen on Twitter

Send tips to

All content created by the Daily Caller News Foundation, an independent and nonpartisan newswire service, is available without charge to any legitimate news publisher that can provide a large audience. All republished articles must include our logo, our reporter’s byline and their DCNF affiliation. For any questions about our guidelines or partnering with us, please contact

Tags : new york
Thomas Phippen