Federal authorities announced Wednesday that they indicted a 41-year-old South Carolina man dubbed the “Nike Hat Bandit” on three counts of bank robbery tied to heists he committed or attempted in South Florida.
Wesley Todd McCracken, 41, robbed a Wells Fargo in Palm Beach Gardens on Nov. 21, and attempted to rob another Wells Fargo branch in Dania Beach on Nov. 30, when he successfully robbed a BB&T Bank in Pompano Beach, said U.S. Attorney Wifredo Ferrer and FBI Special Agent in Charge John Gillies.
McCracken allegedly robbed banks in Florida and six other states while wearing a Nike baseball hat. He usually approached tellers with a threatening note that said he had a gun and wanted money, authorities said.
McCracken, of Myrtle Beach, was arrested Dec. 29 in Georgetown, South Carolina after robbing the South Carolina Bank and Trust. He was indicted and charged with four counts of bank robbery there, authorities said.
He also held up banks in Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, West Virginia and Pennsylvania, they said.