Man Diguised as a Tree Robs Citizen’s Bank in Manchester, NH (James Coldwell Arrested)


If you were a bank robber, what type of tree would you be?

aka: When Tree Huggers Go Bad


(Maybe someone would like to explain just how a person could walk into a bank dressed like a tree and security not think some thing might be just a bit off?)

Truth is always stranger than fiction. Yesterday, an individual walked up to a bank teller of the Citizen’s Bank branch at 1550 Elm St. in Manchester, NH with tree branches duct taped to his body and demanded money from the bank teller. Surprisingly the teller did not actually break out into laughter. It really makes one wonder how a man walking into a bank with tree limbs ducted taped to himself would not raise suspicion. Only in New England I guess.

The teller filled a bag with cash and the suspect took off. A dye pack inside the bag exploded, the Web site reported.

Manchester cops described the man as a white male, between 45 and 50 years old, wearing glasses and a blue shirt

Man in tree garb robs bank branch

Police Detective Sgt. Ernie Goodno, who said the robber was a white man, standing 5-foot-8, with a thin build and very dark hair. The robber was also wearing a bluish-colored T-shirt, possibly with red trim, and blue jeans. He also had thick glasses

UPDATE I: James Coldwell, The Tree Bandit,Chopped Down to Size and Arrested

Though images captured by the bank’s security cameras weren’t much help because of the branches and leaves, police said an anonymous tip led them to James Coldwell, 49, of Manchester. He was arrested at his home Saturday night and charged with robbery. (Boston Globe)


Posted July 8, 2007 by
Bizarre, Crime | 13 comments

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  • Comments

    13 Responses to “Man Diguised as a Tree Robs Citizen’s Bank in Manchester, NH (James Coldwell Arrested)”

    1. BobG on July 8th, 2007 12:34 pm

      Obviously a Northeastern tree hugger. LOL, this is like a Monty Python skit!

    2. Scared Monkeys on July 8th, 2007 1:11 pm

      The story sounds so insane it does actually make for great Ponty Python.

      Headline should have read … WHEN TREE HUGGERS GO BAD.


    3. jim on July 8th, 2007 1:12 pm

      lol money does not grow on trees

    4. msmarple on July 8th, 2007 2:34 pm

      Maybe he read Macbeth recently. “Great Birnam wood to high Dunsinane Hill shall come against him”.”

    5. Joanie on July 8th, 2007 5:13 pm

      EGAD! Me hopes it was poison ivy!!!!!!

    6. Maggie on July 8th, 2007 6:47 pm

      I think that I shall never see
      A bank robber lovely as a tree.

    7. Carpe Noctem on July 8th, 2007 7:07 pm

      Wow, now that really takes commitment, bro.

      Maybe he was method acting, maybe he was
      in “THE ZONE.” I’m not sure WHICH zone, but a
      zone nonethless!

      If you dress up like a dang tree to rob

      a bank…. you might be a redneck! -Foxworthy

      SM: Only issue is … ye be a yankee. ;)

    8. jon on July 8th, 2007 9:54 pm

      strange….i just saw this on nbc’s To Catch a Preditor last week. the police were trying out the cop camaflagued as a bush jumping out to stop a preditor running out of the house.
      i hate copycats

    9. MuffyBee on July 8th, 2007 11:42 pm

      Leafy not beefy?

    10. Richard on July 9th, 2007 6:32 am

      Obviously it’s the fascist establishment oppressing an innocent environmentalist. Well, that line won’t play as well in New Hampshire as it might in Vermont … where nobody gets punished anyways.

    11. Richard on July 9th, 2007 6:35 am

      OK, I finally figured it out … the bank’s address was on North ELM St. I guess it follows that you go in dressed as a tree.

      As Red says, this is one of those stories which, if you read it in a book, you’d think was too stupid to be possible. Only in real life ….

    12. Carpe Noctem on July 10th, 2007 5:34 am



      When he stopped near the bank… a dog ran up

      and sprung a big ol’ whizzer on him!.

      The stink was trackable for 10-15 city blocks.


      It was a dead giveaway. Hey tree man,

      Sianora brass pole!

    13. Brenda on July 10th, 2007 8:55 am

      Maybe he made a wrong turn looking for Gore’s Earth festival (or whatever they called it) and became disoriented. Sounds like a good excuse for a defense lawyer to use.


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