Thursday, February 28, 2013

Top Ten Strangest Missouri Bandits: Mr. Polite, Spider-Man, Granddad and More! (PHOTOS)

Posted By on Thu, Feb 28, 2013 at 7:00 AM

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This week, St. Louis County police charged a Fenton woman who allegedly walked into a smoke shop with a knife, asked for cash -- and then settled on a measly $7.50 in tip jar coins. Not really worth all the trouble, if you ask us. But the bizarre incident got us thinking about the craziest bandits in the area -- the ones who wear costumes, the ones who do a really bad job and the ones who just won't give up until they're caught.

From Spider-Man to the Granddad Bandit, the stories in Daily RFT's crime archive offer a large supply of strange bandits, and we've assembled below the top ten weirdest ones from recent years.

10. The Toy Gun Bandit

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Apparently only one of Amy Zielinski's three robbery attempts on December 1, 2012 actually succeeded -- with the help of a "handgun" pressuring BP Amoco employees in Madison County to hand over cash.

Her other robberies later that day, however, weren't as smooth -- and once she was caught, police secured her weapon of choice in her car: a toy handgun.

9. The Logo Bandit

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Or as we thought he should perhaps be renamed once we saw his mugshot at the time, "The Guy Who Stares Into Your Soul Until You Hand Over the Money" Bandit. Has a certain ring to it, no?

St. Louis County Police arrested Byron Gullion, 35, after a string of thefts. He got the "logo bandit" name after he allegedly was robbing places while wearing clothes with logos, making him standout from the regular ole' ski-mask-over-face kind of bandits law enforcement usually encounters.

Continue for more Missouri bandits.

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