Alan Golder

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Alan William Golder (born August 9, 1955), also known as the "Dinnertime Bandit",[1] is an American burglar who specialized in stealing jewellery from mansions, while their owners were inside their residences eating dinner.[2]

Golder grew up in Lynbrook, New York, where his criminal career began at an early age, first stealing bicycles, then robbing stores.[2] In 1978, an accomplice of Golder's killed Lawrence Lever during a robbery; Golder was subsequently arrested and served 15 years in prison,[1][2] after cooperating with police and naming other criminals,[1][3] including members of the Genovese crime family.[4] During his time in prison, he sold an alleged autobiographical story to Paramount Pictures for $25,000, claiming to have robbed numerous celebrities; however his attorney claims he fabricated much of it.[1][2] Released in 1996, Golder resumed burglary almost immediately.[2] In 1998 he fled to Europe after being named in a warrant,[1][2] where he is suspected to have continued committing burglaries.[3]

Arrested in Antwerp, Belgium on December 14, 2006,[5] Golder was extradited to the US in 2007 and was charged with 40 counts of burglary.[1] Golder was convicted in Connecticut in August 2008, on 2 counts of burglary, a kidnapping charge and a larceny charge; the kidnapping charge was due to Golder having tied up a woman during a burglary.[6] He was subsequently sentenced to 15 years in prison.[7]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Corey Kilgannon (December 12, 2007). "A New Chapter in the Tale of the 'Dinnertime Bandit'". New York Times. Retrieved August 29, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Police: Daring burglar knew trade well". USA Today. December 15, 2007. 
  3. ^ a b Paul Harris (22 December 2007). "'Dinnertime Bandit' faces life in jail for robbing rich". The Observer. Retrieved August 29, 2012. 
  4. ^ Jim Nolan (March 4, 1998). "Legend In Dine Time String Of Break-ins Blamed On 'Dinnertime Burglar'". Philadelphia Daily News. Retrieved August 29, 2012. 
  5. ^ "THE WEEK; Dinnertime Bandit Suspect Arrested in Belgium". New York Times. December 24, 2006. Retrieved August 29, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Jury convicts 'Dinnertime Bandit'". The News-Times. August 20, 2008. Retrieved August 29, 2012. 
  7. ^ Debra Friedman (August 20, 2008). "Judges reject appeal by 'Dinnertime Bandit'". The News-Times. Retrieved August 29, 2012.