'White Glove Bandit' Pleads Guilty in String of LES Robberies
By Elizabeth Hagen on September 11, 2012 7:53pm
MANHATTAN — The man known as the “White Glove Bandit” of the Lower East Side pleaded guilty to four counts of bank robbery in federal court on Tuesday, according to the FBI.
The FBI said Michael McManus, 43, stole more than $32,000 in a string of bank robberies on the Lower East Side in early 2012, each time wearing a pair of white, latex gloves.
McManus’ run on the banks began on Jan. 26, when he robbed an HSBC branch at 769 Broadway.
On Feb. 14 and on March 12, he struck a Citibank at 555 LaGuardia.
For his final score on April 17, McManus came back to the original HSBC he had had robbed in January. He was caught by FBI agents and members of the NYPD near Tompkins Square Park one day later.
Court proceedings revealed that McManus had used a realistic cap gun, rather than a real revolver, to pull off the robberies.
According to records, McManus has served time in state prison and has been arrested more than 50 times since 1992 for both misdemeanors and felonies, including for robberies in 2005 and 2006. He was most recently released from prison in October 2011.
McManus, who will be sentenced in December, faces up to 20 years for each count of robbery against him.