Fugitive armed robbery suspect – Ross David O CONNELL continues
to evade capture after a series of violent armed robberies at five
major Australian financial institutions, over six and a half years
Disguised in wigs, fake moustaches, goatee beards, and dark
sunglasses in a bid to fool staff and law enforcement officials, the
2004 crime rampage, which included an interstate diversion, lasted
29 days from the 27th of September through to the 25th of October.
With Western Australian detectives hot on his trail following the
first bank robbery on September the 27th at Bank West in Wembley
where he terrified staff and customers at gunpoint, and then again,
eight days later at the Commonwealth Bank in Kalamunda on the 5th of
October, O CONNELL, in a plan aimed at misleading investigators,
travelled to South Australia on October 12th. There he hired a
vehicle and disguised himself before robbing the National Australia
bank at gunpoint, his efforts backfiring when a red dye bomb hidden
amongst the cash exploded as he escaped, tainting the proceeds.
A return trip to Perth the same day left O CONNELL eager to dispose
of the tainted stolen money, successfully exchanging the
contaminated notes for clean ones at a Perth Casino. O CONNELL
didn’t stop there, continuing the violence at Bank West in
Westminster on the 22nd and the National Australia bank in Mt Lawley
on the 25th of October, netting thousands of dollars in cash.
Four days after the fifth bank robbery in under a month, O CONNELL
was arrested at the Perth Domestic Terminal after a flight from
Sydney, he was charged and released to bail.
O CONNELL failed to turn up to a later court appearance and has not
been seen since.
Last listed as a missing person in 2005, and with 2005 bench
warrants issued for his arrest, O CONNELL is likely to have changed
his appearance and assumed a new identity to avoid detection. Due
to celebrate his 57th birthday in July, investigating officers
remain vigilant in their pursuit to hand deliver Ross David O
CONNELL a long awaited birthday present.
Ross David O CONNELL is described as:
If you know the whereabouts of Ross David OCONNELL, or if you have
any information about his movements, make a report online or call
Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, where all calls are strictly
confidential, and rewards are offered. Please
quote Reference Numbers 5596.