The man known has “the limping bandit” has been grounded by the legal system.
52 year old Douglas, Georgia native Cecil Stephen Haire plead guilty in federal court in Charleston Monday to 23 counts of bank robbery. Evidence presented at the hearing Monday indicated that Haire traveled across the Southeast robbing banks beginning in June 2006. During his crime spree Haire committed 13 bank robberies in South Carolina in Summerville. Orangeburg, Aiken. Sumter, Edgefield , Camden, Charleston and Mount Pleasant. he also robbed a number of banks in Alabama, Georgia, and Florida.
Haire spree ended July 17 2009 when he was arrested for robbing a bank in Mount Pleasant. He arrested 20 minutes after the robbery sitting in a car in a retirement home parking lot. Police located in a nearby dumpster the clothes he wore and the BB pistol he used in the robbery.He gained the nickname limping bandit because bank tellers said he walked with a noticeable limp. Haire faces a maximum sentence of 25 years and a $250,000 fine for each count of robbery.
In 1986, Haire was convicted in Georgia on seven counts of armed robbery and one count of bank robbery. he was released on parole in 2006.