Bank robber Gary Crider was dubbed the “Comic Con Bandit” because he wore Star Wars and Marvel comic super hero masks while robbing bank in the metro area.
Gary Mark Crider, DOB: 2-16-67, was sentenced on November 27th to 39 years in prison for a series of bank robberies in the Denver metropolitan area in late 2016 and 2017. Dubbed the “Comic Con Bandit”, Crider wore Star Wars and Marvel super hero masks during the robberies.Between December 9, 2016 and January 6, 2017 Crider robbed three banks in unincorporated Jefferson County, one in Boulder County, and one in Adams County. The loss to the banks in Jefferson and Boulder counties was over $26,000. All five bank robberies were filed in Jefferson County.Crider was on parole in Colorado and on federal probation at the time of his arrest.The arrest of Crider resulted from a collaborative effort of the FBI’s Rocky Mountain Safe Streets Task Force (RMSSTF); the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office; the Department of Corrections Fugitive Apprehension Unit; Westminster Police Department and SWAT; and the Louisville Police Department.“This was a great example of law enforcement working together to stop a threat in our community,” said DA Pete Weir. “Mr. Crider is a dangerous man and had to be stopped before there was further victimization or the possible loss of life.”Crider pled guilty in October to twelve felony counts: two counts of Aggravated Robbery (F3); nine counts of Robbery (F4); and one count of Theft (F4).