'Granddad Bandit' charged with Alabama bank robberies

Source: FBI - Atlanta
Source: FBI - Atlanta

HUNTSVILLE, AL (AP) - A federal grand jury has indicted a suspect known as the "Granddad Bandit" on charges that he stole roughly $10,000 during two bank heists in Alabama.

Michael Frances Mara of Baton Rouge, La., was indicted Wednesday on bank robbery charges that could carry a 20-year prison sentence.

The 53-year-old was arrested in Baton Rouge on Aug. 12 after a six-hour standoff with police at his home. Jailed in Virgina, he's accused of robbing banks in 13 states.

Wednesday's indictment accuses Mara of robbing the Servis 1st Bank in Birmingham on Aug. 21, 2009, and the Compass Bank in Huntsville on Feb. 24, 2010. Prosecutors said Mara stole about $5,000 during each robbery.

Mara earlier pleaded not guilty to similar charges.

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