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Bucket List Bandit Arrested in Oklahoma

FBI Oklahoma City September 14, 2012
  • Special Agent Terry B. Weber (405) 290-3614

OKLAHOMA CITY—James E. Finch, Special Agent in Charge of the Oklahoma City Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), announces the arrest of an individual believed to be the Bucket List Bandit. Michael Eugene Brewster, 54 years of age of Pensacola, Florida, was arrested by the Roland (Oklahoma) Police Department in Roland, Oklahoma on Thursday, September 13, 2012, after being pulled over on a routine traffic stop. At the time of the arrest, Brewster was driving a vehicle reported stolen out of Florida, with an alleged fictitious Utah license plate. The Roland Police Department is to be commended for their quick and thorough efforts in this arrest. Due to their alertness and sound judgment, this arrest was made without incident.

Brewster was dubbed the Bucket List Bandit because of statements made to bank tellers that he only has months to live. Brewster is wanted on an outstanding federal warrant for the robbery of the Huntington National Bank in Erie, Pennsylvania, on September 10, 2012. Brewster is suspected of robbing as many as 10 banks over the last three months in Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Utah, North Carolina, Tennessee, Illinois, Missouri, and Pennsylvania. The Bucket List Bandit was the focus of a nationwide publicity campaign by the FBI, which assisted in the identification of Brewster.

The FBI would like to commend our law enforcement partners across the country for their hard work and dedication in this investigation. The public is reminded this arrest is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.