Janitor Michael J. Webb's Secret Life As Bank Robber Ended With Bullets, Police Say

Michael J. Webb janitor bank robber

Your co-workers may not always be what they seem. Take, for instance, the experience of the staff at an LA Fitness in Deerfield Beach, Fla., who viewed head janitor Michael J. Webb as the gym's "indispensable man, the go-to Mr. Fix-it," according to reporting by the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. "He was like an uncle who helped me manage this facility," said Sean Lynch, the gym's general manager.

But that avuncular image was shattered on Nov. 2 when Webb died after leading authorities in a high speed chase that, police say, ensued after the janitor robbed a bank -- for the sixth time in recent months. The 56-year-old Webb was considered by police to be one of the most "prolific serial bank-robbers in South Florida," according to the newspaper.

At one time dubbed the "Bandanna Bandit" and described by police as the "counter jumper," Webb reportedly had kept this part of his life secret for years. In one stretch between 1989 and 1990, he robbed seven banks throughout South Florida, including one for $100,000, before being captured and imprisoned.

Co-workers and neighbors said that in his time at LA Fitness, Webb opened up about a troubled past, confiding that he had spent time in jail and was estranged from two sons.

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What he didn't tell them was that he'd never given up his life of crime, police say. So there he was, authorities allege, on Nov. 2, hopping over a bulletproof glass partition at a Chase Bank in Pampano Beach, Fla., before heading off in a getaway car.

After police caught up with Webb on I-95, Broward County Sheriff's Deputy German Bickbau rammed Webb's car from behind, forcing Webb to roll out of it. Two deputies then fired at Webb, killing him.

Just four days before his death, Webb had been promoted to the facilities supervisor position at the gym. It was a way to recognize his strong performance at work.

"If the power went out, or something broke, I would call Mike and he would know exactly what to do," was how Lynch, the gym's manager, sized up his Webb's reliability.

But you don't necessarily have to rob a bank to score big as a janitor.

As AOL Jobs has reported, public school janitors in New York have succeeded in securing favorable work contracts that allow them to collect two paychecks at once. Some end up making as much $140,000 a year.

One stands accused of pushing it further. Trifon Ridef was accused of claiming, from 2007 to 2010, to work two jobs at New York schools at once: A full-time night shift at Harry S. Truman High School, in addition to his regular full-time job at Theodore Roosevelt Educational Campus.

According to local reports, no evidence exists proving that Ridef actually worked the two shifts that he collected payments for. He's accused of stealing $500,000. He's currently awaiting trial under the False Claims Act.

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Phil Collins

Robbing Banks is for young men and women who have lots of time on their hands.

November 14 2012 at 2:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Its stories like this that make me HATE cops more and more. Why did they have to shoot him dead for robbing banks??? Yet child molestors and pervert rapists end up being put in jail at our(taxpayers expense). I hope the cops feel real good about themselves for shooting this man. Sorry Bastards, Remember what comes around goes around. They will get there's. There is someone out there just waiting to take shots at officers and sooner or later they will hit there mark. If you don't like my comment I really don't care its not going to change my hatred towards these so-called ofiicers of the law. You give them a gun and a badge and they think they are god. However around 450+ are killed in the line of duty each year. So that gives them the right ot shoot anyone and everyone that breaks the law?? I don't condon what this man did but he didn't deserve to die for this crime, there are several worse criminals out there that do far more vicious crimes but the police are scared to go after them because they might fire back versuses a defenseless old man. Always have and always will hate these candyass pricks that pervert justice and couldn't catch a cold much less some rapist or child killer.

November 14 2012 at 4:18 AM Report abuse -5 rate up rate down Reply
4 replies to ddokken69's comment

Some people have to work part time to make ends meet:)

November 14 2012 at 2:13 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Considering how much he was paid for what he did in his last few years, maybe Manny should have been wearing a mask too.

November 13 2012 at 11:45 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Welcome King

150,000 a year as a janitor.

November 13 2012 at 10:44 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Welcome King's comment

No, $65,000 as a janitor, the rest from a second job, at least that's what I read.

"...two paychecks at once. Some end up making as much $140,000 a year." they allow "Moon Lighting"
Here in Virginia Beach, VA, if you are caught moon lighting you will be fired from the Virginia Beach City Public Schools

November 14 2012 at 5:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Isn't that Manny Remirez with him?

November 13 2012 at 9:58 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to jreyn57871's comment

Yes, I laughed my butt off.

November 13 2012 at 11:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

y first thought was, "at least it wasn't that he was a CHOMO"

November 13 2012 at 6:36 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

well this article was lacking alot if detail and information. all I can say is you never really know someone like you think you do!

November 13 2012 at 3:32 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Very disturbing.........not the bank robbery.............the robbery of the taxpayers for as much as $140,000 a year to be a school janitor................

November 13 2012 at 3:27 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Terribly written lacking details.
What a joke of an article.

November 13 2012 at 12:33 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply

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