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The 74-year-old bank robber

December 22, 2010

(Exclusive interview)

TAMPA — Vickie Bruce saw so many police officers when she pulled up to her West Shore Boulevard garden shop that February morning, she thought someone must have been murdered.

She never expected the alternative:

That her 73-year-old husband, a retired Air Force veteran who had never been in trouble with the law, had robbed three South Tampa banks.

That reporters would stake out her home and label James Bruce the “Grandpa Bandit.” …

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