His story captivated French hearts, but now Toni Musulin, a French security van driver who fled the country with 11 Million Euros ($16.5 million) in cash, is in police custody.
Reuters reports that Musulin handed himself in to police in Morocco on Monday. He had been on the run for 11 days.
Toni Musulin disappeared with his vehicle while on a delivery round in the eastern French city of Lyon on Nov. 5, shortly after taking charge of sacks of cash from a local branch of the Bank of France.
Whilst initially police worried he had been kidnapped, it was soon discovered that the 39-year-old Musulin had emptied his fridge, cleared his office of sheets and papers, and withdrawn all the money from his bank accounts, according to The Guardian. A nationwide manhunt was launched.
On November 9, almost 9 million Euros of the stolen money was found in a garage in Lyon, according to the BBC. His plan appeared to be unraveling.
Musulin was seen as a hero by many in France. True to the country's revolutionary history, he was a true French rouge, getting what he deserved from the fat cats and corporate suits. Earlier this week Time wrote on the spectacle:
Within hours of the heist's making the news, envious Frenchmen were Twittering about the feat and praising Musulin on blogs on the Internet. So far, more than a hundred Musulin Facebook fan groups have been created with names ranging from "Run Tony Musulin Run" to "Tony Musulin for President." The domain name tonymusulin.fr was also promptly bought by a Web designer, who is now peddling Musulin T-shirts featuring his mug shot under palm trees and alongside catchphrases like "I'm your girl, Tony" and bumper stickers reading "Tony Musulin: Without Hate or Violence."
However, his reputation as something of a master criminal - a reputation spread by both his fans and French police - seems to be at odds with his arrest. The Times of London reports:
''He seemed quite bizarre when he gave himself up,'' said a police source in Monaco. ''We don't understand his motivations. We don't even know if he really realized he was in Monaco.''