Arrest May End ‘Mad Hatter’ Robbery Spree

By Krista Kjellman

Jul 23, 2007 12:43pm

The tea party may be over for the bank robber known as the "Mad Hatter." The man who has robbed at least 17 New Jersey banks since September 2006 is in custody, according to federal authorities. The crook earned his name by donning a different hat for each heist. "We believe we finally captured the Hat Bandit," a law enforcement official told The Star-Ledger, who first reported the arrest.  Photos  See the "Mad Hatter" in Action James Madison, 50, of Maplewood, N.J., was arrested less than 24 hours after his latest heist. "We have a guy…who fits the general description of the Mad Hatter," FBI Special Agent Sean Quinn told The Star-Ledger this morning.  The FBI did not immediately return a call from ABC News for comment. The arrest came after at least the 17th hit for the man authorities have called the "Mad Hatter." He reportedly made off with $3,000 from a Bank of America located inside a Pathmark supermarket in Union, N.J. The thief’s seemingly endless array of headgear has included a powder-blue camouflage cap, a red hunter’s hat with brim, a fisherman’s hat, a Yankees baseball cap, a cap with a military insignia, a red-knit sky cap and a burnt-orange Texas Longhorn baseball cap, according to reports. The hat-donning bandit is reportedly known for his nerves and discretion. He robs banks by quietly slipping a note to a teller demanding money, and then exiting the bank calmly. So far, he has reportedly netted more than $60,000. This post has been updated. Do you have a tip for Brian Ross and the Investigative Team?

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