Man charged over historic Sydney bank robberies
Earlier today, detectives arrested Ross Oliver McCarty at his Edgecliff unit, in Sydney’s east.
Following extensive enquiries by the State Crime Command’s Robbery and Serious Crime Squad, the 69-year-old was taken to Waverley Police Station and charged with eight counts of robbery.Ross Oliver McCarty has been charged over eight alleged bank robberies in the late 1970s. (NSW Police)Detectives attended an Edgecliff unit block and arrested the alleged robber. (NSW Police)
“The message today is clear – it doesn’t matter if it takes 40 years, 40 days or 40 minutes, we will track you down and you will have to answer for your crimes,” Detective Superintendent Daniel Doherty said.
He said the retiree had been living “off the radar” for the past 40 years and that the total amount allegedly stolen is estimated to be hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Supt Doherty said the pensioner was shocked when arrested this morning and his wife of 47 years, who attended his bail hearing, is understood to be even more surprised.Police allege McCarty handed bank tellers at eight locations a threatening note before stealing cash between Chatswood and Sydney. (NSW Police)McCarty's wife was at court today during his bail hearing. (9news)
He commended the detailed statements from the bank tellers and said: “This was a pivotal moment in their life and something they will never forget.”