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Man once charged as fedora-wearing 'Backstreet Bandit' charged with two North End bank robberies; on the lam


Rolando Gala's robbery attire has come down a bit over the past decade, police say: Where once he was dubbed the "Backstreet Bandit" for robbing banks clad in a fedora and button-down shirts, like the Back Street Boys, he robbed two banks on Hanover Street in the North End last month wearing nothing on his head, two untucked T-shirts, a pair of ill fitting jeans and sneakers.

Police have fingered Rolando Gala for the robberies of the Century Bank and Citizens Bank branches on the morning of Sept. 17; now they have to catch him.

If you've seen him, contact detectives at 617-343-4248 or the anonymous tip line by calling 800-494-TIPS or by texting TIP to CRIME (27463).

In 2010 and then again in 2011, Gala was charged for bank robberies north of Boston, in which he would wear a fedora.

No fedora in September:


Innocent, etc.

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…. committed on dress down Fridays?

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Do they have bandit fashion shows in prison?

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those look like tighty whities to me.

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Would go with the saggy pants ...

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…. Rolando Gala is Ben Afleck’s street name or not?

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