Polite Bandit Busted
By Dan Breitwieser, WCJB TV20 News.
We first told you Wednesday police arrested Nathan Huff for holding a Subway up at gunpoint. Now detectives say he is the so-called polite bandit who has tried to rob businesses at least ten other times over a span of nearly two years. Though police didn't catch him until yesterday, some patterns were well-known.
Detectives say Huff focused almost exclusively in the Southwest 34th Street and Archer Road areas. They say he tried to rob three businesses three times each. And though he's polite, many managers on that side of town are breathing a little easier.
It's business as usual at the Papa John's on Archer Road. But General Manager Jimmy Green was robbed by the polite bandit in June 2006. Fourteen months later, he was robbed again by the same man.
"He comes in and he's very polite," says Green. "He points a gun and says, 'Can you please put the money in the bag? Thank you for your cooperation. I appreciate it."
The security video from the Subway around the corner shows the polite bandit in another robbery attempt from last year. He was carrying a gun and his own bag. The employees ran to the back and called police and he runs out empty-handed.
Gainesville police say the man on the video is Nathan Huff and his third attempt early Wednesday morning proved to be his undoing. An employee was able to describe his getaway car, a red Chrysler Le Baron convertible. He drove to nearby apartment complex parking lot to change clothes. But an officer spotted him leaving the complex and found a BB gun and cash from the Subway robbery in the car.
"This was a very difficult case because even though he was hitting the same restaurants, they were never in any tight time pattern," says Det. Mike Schentrup. "Because he would hit two restaurants in a week and then wait six months and hit again."
But despite his good manners, after being told twice he would be shot if he watched the polite bandit leave, Green is glad to hear Huff is behind bars.
"I feel safer late at night, but there's still a chance of getting robbed," says Green. "There's so many people in this city."
Police say Huff was unknown to them, with not even a traffic ticket to his name in Florida. He moved from Georgia to be with his girlfriend who is a student at UF in January 2006. He was living with her on campus at Diamond Village. He's currently in the Alachua County Jail with an 80-thousand-dollar bond. All told, detectives estimate he netted between two and three thousand dollars since the first robbery nearly two years ago.
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