'Incognito Bandit' arrested trying to board flight to South Africa

A Massachusetts man dubbed the "Incognito Bandit" in connection with 16 bank robberies in the Boston suburbs was nabbed Friday trying to board a flight to South Africa.

Albert Taderera, 36, of Brighton, is believed to have carried out the bank heists while wearing a dark hoodie, dark gloves, a facemask or sunglasses and displaying a black semi-automatic handgun, Fox 25 Boston and the Associated Press reported, citing authorities.

The bank robberies began in February 2015, Fox 25 reported. The most recent occurred this month.

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Taderera was arrested on an armed bank robbery charge at Dulles International Airport Friday evening, according to reports. A criminal complaint charges him with holding up a TD Bank branch in Wayland on Oct. 7, 2016, according to Boston federal prosecutors.

Concord Police on March 16 towed a black BMW with an expired registration that was parked outside a local bank, the prosecutors said. The BMW matched the description of the Incognito Bandit’s getaway vehicle.

Six days later an individual identifying himself as Taderera called the tow company and was told that the vehicle was in police custody, the prosecutors said.

The next day the FBI learned that Taderera booked a flight for Friday to Ethiopa from Dulles.

He flew to Dulles from Boston Friday morning, prosecutors said.

The FBI later learned that Taderera rebooked his flight and planned to leave from Dulles to Johannesburg at 5:45 p.m. Friday, they said.

He was arrested before he boarded the plane, according to the prosecutors.

Taderera is scheduled to appear Monday in a Virginia federal court.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.