he man believed to be behind five Austin bank robberies since December is a former Navy Seal, the U.S. Navy confirmed Monday.
Thomas Mixon, 59, remains in the Travis County Jail — after being booked on Feb. 26. — on five charges of aggravated robbery. Bond was set at $500,000.
The Navy consulted the National Archives, which said Mixon enlisted in 1982 and left the Navy in March 1990.
The August 2007 issue of Austin Fit Magazine included Mixon in its “Ten of Austin’s Fittest” list.
“Tom conducts military-style boot camps at Town Lake and in north Austin, a job that he’s passionate about to say the least,” the magazine said.
The first bank robbery happened on Dec. 22, 2017 at the IBC Bank on Ranch to Market 2222 in west Austin. Mixon is accused of robbing the bank while holding employees at gunpoint. Before leaving, he allegedly told bank staff to count back from 30 before calling police.