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Thomas David Dixon

Real Name: Thomas David Dixon
Aliases: None Known
Wanted For: Armed Robbery
Missing Since: October 1995


Details: Forty-nine-year-old Thomas David Dixon is a career bank robber who has been in and out of prison for over twenty years. In 1984, after spending ten years in prison, he, with several different accomplices, robbed several South Carolina banks at gunpoint. In all of them, he would quickly take control of everyone in there. He would usually have his accomplice grab the money. They would then flee before the police could arrive.
After seven robberies, Dixon went underground, living with a girlfriend in a remote North Carolina cabin. Investigators arrested him while jogging and searched his cabin. They found a large arsenal of weapons, including assault rifles and dynamite. He was convicted of armed robbery and was sentenced to another ten years in prison.
In December 1994, Dixon was paroled again. Almost immediately, he began robbing banks again; this time, he worked alone. During summer 1995, he committed five robberies. He also began taunting police and the FBI by telling them which bank that he would hit next. In one call, he claimed that he would hit one in Matthews, North Carolina. Instead, he robbed one in Columbia, South Carolina, which was eighty miles away. His last known heist was on September 11, 1995.
On October 4, 1995, Dixon's getaway car was found abandoned in South Carolina. Pictures of weapons were found in it, along with rambling messages from him. He has not been seen or heard from since. Investigators suspect that he is losing his sanity; they fear that he may become violent if confronted.
Extra Notes: This case first aired on the February 2, 1996 episode.
Dixon is not to be confused with Tom Dixon, the murderer of Gary Simmons.
Results: Captured. One week before the broadcast, Dixon robbed a bank in Pennsylvania. A few days later, he checked into a motel in Clarksville, Tennessee. A housekeeper there noted that he was behaving suspiciously because he wouldn't sit down and refused to let her see or touch his luggage. When the broadcast aired, she recognized him and contacted the telecenter. He was soon arrested at the motel by FBI agents. He pleaded guilty to seven robberies and was sentenced to twenty-eight years in prison. He passed away in 2014.