Bungling robber guilty
- Lake Oswego Review - News
A robber who bungled his getaway from a Lake Oswego bank was found guilty Monday.
Michael Baird Jordan, 68, was found guilty in U.S. District Court of armed bank robbery and being a felon possessing a firearm.
Jordan, a career criminal, robbed the Bank of America at 16209 Bryant Road on Oct. 27 last year.
Lake Oswego Police said that, after getting the cash, Jordan jumped in his vehicle. But an observant bank employee who had seen Jordan drop the keys as he ran through the bank doors making his escape, picked up the keys and then locked the bank doors.
'They then watched as he got in his van and scrambled around looking for his keys,' said Capt. Don Forman, spokesperson for the Lake Oswego Police Department.
Realizing he was key-less, Jordan next hijacked an SUV at the bank with a 17-year-old driver inside, according to police. A few blocks later, he let the teen out and drove to Lake Grove where he picked up his own car.
But soon, police picked up the signal from a device placed in the money bag Jordan had stolen. He lead police on a high-speed chase before pulling over.
Jordan, who had robbed banks since the 1960s and was convicted three times, defended himself in court against the Lake Oswego bank robbery charges. He will be sentenced Oct. 12.
'He's an old pro who needs to retire and we're helping him,' said Capt. Michael Hammons of the Lake Oswego Police Department.