Alleged 'Bling Bandit' is retired NYPD cop

? Police say a man claiming to be the so-called ?Bling Bandit? bank robber has turned himself in ? and he?s a retired NYPD cop who served 33 years on the force. Athelston Kelson was captured on surveillance

News 12 Staff

Aug 29, 2008, 4:22 PM

Updated 5,804 days ago

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? Police say a man claiming to be the so-called ?Bling Bandit? bank robber has turned himself in ? and he?s a retired NYPD cop who served 33 years on the force.
Athelston Kelson was captured on surveillance video robbing banks while wearing flashy jewelry, according to police. In all, he?s accused of robbing seven banks on Long Island.
According to published reports, fellow officers say the robberies may have been a suicide attempt following a diagnosis of Leukemia.


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