CHICAGO (CBS) — A man dubbed the “Phantom Bandit” for his ability to rob banks and then disappear was very much there when police arrested him for the alleged theft of nearly $1,000 in liquor from a Barrington grocery store.
Gilbert Galvan, 58, was one of Canada’s most notorious bank robbers. In 1984, he escaped from a prison in Michigan, where he was serving time for embezzlement, and fled to Canada, where he robbed more than 50 banks in 14 cities over a three-year period, making off with about $2 million before he was captured.READ MORE: Chicagoans React To President Biden' Plan To Tackle The City's Gun Probem
Galvan was featured on the TV show “Masterminds,” a series of true crime documentaries highlighting unique or elaborate crimes.READ MORE: Minooka Community High School District 111 And Stanley Fabian Come To Agreement On Lawsuit
Now living in Lake Zurich, he was paroled last December, after serving a stint in federal prison for a bank robbery in McHenry County.
Barrington Police said, on Monday, he walked out of a Jewel-Osco store with a grocery cart full of liquor, without paying for the merchandise. He was arrested and charged with four counts of felony retail theft.MORE NEWS: Tornado Victims Displaced Having Trouble Finding New Housing In Post Pandemic Era
He was being held on $50,000 bail at the Lake County Jail.