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Retiree Charged Over $12K Bank Heists From The 1970s, Surprising Wife

A retiree has been slapped with an additional charge of robbery over a series of historical bank heists in the 1970s.

Ross Oliver McCarty, from Edgecliff, was last year charged with threatening staff and stealing cash at eight different banks between 1977 and 1978.

NSW Police recently renewed their investigations into the bank robberies, which targeted a slew of banks in Sydney's CBD and Chatswood.

They arrested McCarty, 69, in December last year, charging him over eight robberies.

After further investigation, he was charged with a ninth, with police alleging he also robbed at ANZ bank on the corner of George and Liverpool streets in Sydney in May 1977.

The alleged cash-grab of $1350 brings McCarty's alleged takings to $12,693.

"It doesn't matter if it takes 40 years, 40 days or 40 minutes, we will track you down and you will have to answer for your crimes," Detective Superintendent Daniel Doherty told reporters in Sydney in December.

He said McCarty was now a retired pensioner "living off the radar" and was shocked when arrested, but his wife was even more surprised.

McCarty's case has been adjourned until May 28. He remains on strict conditional bail.

With AAP.

Contact Siobhan at skenna@networkten.com.au