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: Chicago Weather: Winter Weather Advisory Issued For Illinois, Winter Storm Watch For Parts Of Indiana
Galvan was featured on the TV show “Masterminds,” a series of true crime documentaries highlighting unique or elaborate crimes.READ MORE: Bradley Police Officer Tyler Bailey Shot In The Line Of Duty Moved From ICU To Standard Care According To Statement From Family
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: Cook County Reopens Third Vaccination Site In A Week In Effort To Get More Residents Vaccinated
He was being held on $50,000 bail at the Lake County Jail.