During the 1980s there was a man that went on a string of bank robberies that the nation had never seen before. He entered the banks armed and came out with thousands of dollars each time. But unlike most bank robbers he did not have a getaway car or take hostages to escape. His method was very different. He became known for his dazzling escapes caught on camera and soon he became a figure of public lore as the people waited for him to strike next, hoping to witness one of his dazzling escapes. He was known as the leaper.
His first strike came in early 1980s at a bank in downtown Boston. He entered the bank with pantyhose over his head and pulled out a sawed off shotgun and pointed it st the teller's head and said simply, "Give me all of the money." The trembling cashier then filled his knacksack with thousands of dollars. He then leaped onto the counter like a cat and pointed the gun at every teller telling them to fill the bag with money. He then slipped the knapsack on his back and tucked the sawed off shotgun under his arm and jumped off the counter. Then in a flash he bolted out the door and unlike other criminals who tried to look natural after a bank robbery, he didn't, as he ran down the street like a maniac with Olympic calibre speed. People watched and because of his amazing speed and perfect technique they never suspected him of being a bank robber; just a man out for a run. In his first robbery alone, he had gotten away with over 50,000 dollars in cash.
The next day he struck again at a second bank in Boston in the same style, method and escape. Then only an hour after that he struck another bank in a Boston suburb and made another dashing escape. In the two combined robberies he made away with over 100,000 balloons.
The next day his distorted face was on the cover of every major paper across America. He had achieved the fame and attention that he so desired. Then a period of a month went by before he struck again, but this time the banks were more prepared as they had a plain clothed security officer of great athletic ability waiting outside the bank. But when the leaper pulled the heist, it was done in such a quick fashion that the by the time someone in the bank notified the officer outside the bank, the leaper was running down the street and long gone.
The legend of the leaper grew. Over the next year he robbed a total of 23 banks, all over the east coast of the United States. But it wasn't the police who gave the most chase to the leaper. It was public citizens that believed that they could match his speed and leaping prowess. Several times he had almost met his match but his blazing speed, fence leaping talent and climbing ability had no match. But with every robbery that passed the leaper knew that one day he would meet his match.
Then all of a sudden in the mid 1980s the leaper's exotic bank robberies stopped and hasn't been seen since. That was over 35 years ago and the police have questioned hundreds of suspects with incredible running and leaping ability but have failed to make an arrest. At the time of the robberies the leaper was in his mid twenties, thin muscular build, race unknown. He would now be in his sixties and likely still slim but not as muscular.
The police are still on the lookout for tips from the public as the chances of another robbery by the leaper at the age of sixty are very slim and the man himself will likely never be seen running again.