A notorious bank robber who once graced the FBI’s 10 Most Wanted list and was featured on “America’s Most Wanted” moved to Sheepshead Bay after finishing up a 25-year stint in prison – and was arrested again yesterday after allegedly robbing a New Jersey bank.
From our good friends at Cliffview Pilot:
For years, John Edward Stevens taunted authorities — calling and telling them “You’ll never catch me” while robbing nearly two dozen banks across the country — before they put him in prison for 25 years. Yesterday, a Waldwick police sergeant grabbed the recently-paroled Stevens after police said he robbed the TD Bank branch in Oakland at gunpoint of $4,000.
Stevens, 59, who most recently lived in Brooklyn, was charged with several counts, including various weapons and eluding offenses, after Waldwick Sgt. Robert Woessner pulled over his getaway car and found a TD Bank bag with the cash and a handgun inside, Sgt. Douglas J. Moore told CLIFFVIEW PILOT last night.
The TD Bank on Ramapo Valley Road was held up moments earlier.
… Authorities said Stevens — recognizable by an angular scar running down his forehead — had robbed nearly $1.5 million during a three-year holdup spree while remaining on the run.
… The former bookkeeper and cabbie’s biggest heists included $50,000 and $13,000 hauls robbed from the very same bank in Albany a quarter-century ago.
He was both dangerous and arrogant.
Using various aliases and forged identities, Stevens eluded authorities for years. The FBI said he even called agents, saying, “You’ll never catch me.”
After being released from prison earlier this year, Stevens moved to 3235 Emmons Avenue, near Knapp Street.
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