The bling bandit in New York has allegedly been apprehended. It turns out to be a retired 33 year NYPD detective and Vietnam War veteran, he was suspected of nine bank robberies although at this time only charged with one. They common thread is they were all done while wearing a flashy watch and a shiny ring. He was picked up on Friday for the Queens bank robbery from July 10. Athelson Kelson, is 59 and is living with inoperable liver cancer, he could face up to seven years if convicted. The spree started on June 12 where he sometimes used a handgun and his last heist was Tuesday. The flashy ring that he wore was one you receive when you retire from the detective squad. It is a big gold ring with a replica of a gold shield detective badge; he was presented the ring in 2005. He would rob banks with a note often not having to say a word. It is unclear if Kelson was doing this in aims to get caught, hoping to set off a stand off with police. He did not wear any disguise during the robberies only a hat and sunglasses. The police must have been tipped by the ring but also he would tell the bank personal things about the money he wanted only a bank worker, or a detective would have knowledge of, most of the time the robberies netted less than $1000.
YOU KNOW THAT I NEVER THOUGHT
THAT IT COULD TAKE SO LONG
YOU KNOW I NEVER KNEW HOW TO BE STRONG
Locomotive / W. Axl Rose (1991)