‘Ho-Hum Bandit’ Gets 6 Years in Prison

Adam Lynch, 37, is convicted of robbing seven banks in San Diego County in 2010, plus a few more in other states

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    The so-called "Ho-Hum Bandit" during one of his many heists in San Diego County in 2010.

    A serial bank robber known as the “Ho-Hum Bandit” will have plenty of monotonous days ahead now that he’s been sentenced to nearly six years behind bars.

    Adam Lynch, 37, of Corte Madera, Calif., will spend the next 70 months in prison for his role in seven bank robberies across San Diego County, a federal judge ordered Tuesday. Lynch must also pay restitution to the banks that he targeted during his spree.

    Lynch, nicknamed for his reportedly nonchalant, unassuming manner of robbing banks, admitted to committing seven bank robberies in San Diego between Feb. 27, 2010, and June 5, 2010.

    During his spree, he even robbed the same bank branch twice within just one week.

    According to the FBI, Lynch’s modus operandi was almost always the same: he would enter a bank, walk up to the counter, pass a note to a teller, say he was armed and demand cash.

    After getting what he wanted, the bland bandit would flee the scene. He never injured anyone in the humdrum heists but did manage to steal a combined total of $25,094.

    Investigators say Lynch’s San Diego bank robberies weren’t his last. He also robbed several banks in Denver in August 2010, December 2010 and March 2011 and struck at a bank in Cheyenne, Wyo., in November 2010.

    At one point, the FBI suspected Lynch was responsible for at least 16 bank robberies across different states.

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    Lynch’s crime career came to an end in April 2011 when he was arrested by authorities after his girlfriend turned him in. Sources said the jilted woman was seeking revenge because Lynch had allegedly cheated on her.

    Lynch has been in custody ever since.

    In April 2013, he was sentenced to more than five years in prison for the robberies in Denver and Wyoming.

    With this latest sentence, the Ho-Hum Bandit will wind up spending a total of about 10 years in custody for his offenses, the office of U.S. Attorney Laura E. Duffy confirmed.

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