Back in 2006, William Clark Perschman robbed 18 banks in Dallas. He would put a T-shirt over his head to conceal his identity, and it earned him the less-than-stellar nickname of "T-Shirt Bandit."
He was caught and went to federal prison. Five years later, he was released on a supervised release program. He would have been free of the program in February of this year, but it appears he just couldn't help himself.
Perschman reentered the workforce on July 17, 2013, about eight months from freedom. A black T-shirt draped over his head and under a baseball cap, he entered the Woodforest National Bank in Addison. According to court records, he walked up to a teller and gave her a note: "Robbery! Hurry. No Die Pack." He kept a handgun under his loose-fitting sweatshirt.
The teller gave him the money from the top drawer. When he demanded more, she handed over the money in the bottom drawer. He checked for dye packs then walked out the door. He made off with more than $1,000.
The second took place a little more than two weeks later, at a Capital One Bank down the block from Perschman's first hit. He wore a white T-shirt to disguise his identity this time and again used a note ("Robbry Hurry") to demand cash. He lifted the left side of his gray sweatshirt to reveal his gun. Give me the "twenties and tens," he demanded. With about $1,000 in hand, he left the bank.
We Believe Local Journalism is Critical to the Life of a City
Engaging with our readers is essential to the Observer's mission. Make a financial contribution or sign up for a newsletter, and help us keep telling Dallas's stories with no paywalls.
Support Our Journalism
Down the street and near a restaurant, he disposed of his blue jeans, the white T-shirt, his sweatshirt and a pair of white tennis shoes, according to court documents. Right after the robbery, an Addison police officer found the clothes. The blue jeans had the slip of paper with the note demanding the teller to hurry.
An FBI agent got involved after the second robbery. The note had a fingerprint on it, and the agent matched the fingerprint to Perschman's prints on file from the time he robbed the 18 banks.
The T-shirt Bandit robbed two more banks in the month of August before he was caught. At the fourth bank, he made off with nearly $3,000, for an estimated total of $6,500. He admitted to robbing the four banks, and last week he was sentenced to 16.5 years in federal prison.
Send your story tips to the author, Sky Chadde.