A man who worked as a bank teller in Cleveland and robbed his employer of $215,000 52 years ago has finally been unmasked by US Marshals – six months after he died. 

Theodore John Conrad died at the age of 71 in a north Boston suburb in May of this year, having turned his hand to selling luxury cars as a career, and later ending up broke. His wife Kathy and daughter Ashley only found out their father’s secret during his final days, as he succumbed to cancer.

Conrad successfully pulled off one of the biggest bank robberies in Cleveland, history making off with what would now be the equivalent of more than $1.7 million in today’s money.    

He did it all from the inside as he walked into his job as a teller at the Society National Bank in Cleveland, where he had access to hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash every single day. 

Conrad told pals that stealing from the bank would be very easy – and later made good on his promise after walking out on it with a huge stash of cash one Friday evening.  

At the age of 20, Theodore John Conrad walked into his job as a bank teller and stole $215,000

A photofit, seen left, was produced to help the public track him down after claims he’d been spotted in Hawaii in 2017… although ultimately it looked northing like Conrad

Conrad, pictured, left, in a wanted photo, while he is seen right, in a more recent picture

He walked out with $215,000 in cash in a paper bag on a Friday evening and disappeared with 1,500 $100 bills, 1,200 $50s and 250 $20s.

The robbery was only discovered after Conrad, who was 20 at the time, didn’t show up for work the following Monday.

When the bank checked their fault, they found the cash together with their employee to be missing having had two full day

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Aside from golf, he also loved vehicles and had a successful career in luxury car sales spanning nearly 40 years.    

‘He was also an excellent cook who loved watching any and all cooking shows, and enjoyed testing out new recipes on his wife and daughter, always asking ‘So, can I make this again?’ at the end of every meal,’ the obituary reads.

He also had a wife, Kathy and daughter, Ashley Randele. 

Numerous news articles were written about the brazen heist but Conrad was never caught

‘This past week, we identified Thomas Randele as Theodore J. Conrad. He led an unassuming life in the suburbs of Boston, was very well liked in his community. There are a few things that led us there,’ said U.S. Marshal Pete Elliot during a Friday press conference. 

United States Marshals investigators from Cleveland were able match documents that Conrad completed in the 1960s with documents Randele completed, including documents from when Randele filed for Bankruptcy in Boston Federal Court in 2014.

Additional investigative information led Marshals to positively identify Thomas Randele as Theodore J. Conrad. 

Randele died of lung cancer in May of 2021 in Lynnfield, Massachusetts using a date of birth as July 10, 1947. His real date of birth was July 10, 1949, and Conrad would have been 71 at the time of his death.

A glowing obituary was published online – but made no mention of his criminal past. Conrad’s widow and daughter have declined to comment on his past antics.  

U.S. Marshall’s finally tracked him down within the last week but Conrad had died in May at the age of 71 from lung cancer

‘This is a case I know all too well. My father, John K. Elliott, was a dedicated career Deputy United States Marshal in Cleveland from 1969 until his retirement in 1990. My father took an interest in this case early because Conrad lived and worked near us in the late 1960s,’ said Elliott.

‘My father never stopped searching for Conrad and always wanted closure up until his death in 2020. We were able to match some of the documents that my father uncovered from Conrad’s college days in the 1960s with documents from Randele that led to his identification. 

‘I hope my father is resting a little easier today knowing his investigation and his United States Marshals Service brought closure to this decades-long mystery. Everything in real life doesn’t always end like in the movies.’

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Read more:

Thomas Randele Obituary – Lynnfield, Massachusetts – McDonald Funeral Home

Mystery solved: Theodore Conrad vanished after robbing Cleveland bank where he worked in 1969; marshals traced him to Boston suburb – cleveland.com

By Lorraine Moynihan

I'm a 42 years old and study at the university (International Relations). In my spare time I'm trying to teach myself Swedish. I've been there and look forward to go there sometime near future. I love to read, preferably on my ebook reader. I really love to watch CSI and NCIS as well as documentaries about anything technological. I love Speed skating.

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