John Lucas and Richard “Poochie” Roderick – “The Cooler Bandits”


John Lucas


In 1991, four teenagers robbed more than a dozen restaurants in the Akron, Ohio area by locking the employees in the refrigerator – earning them the nickname “the Cooler Bandits.” They were subsequently sentenced to up to 500 years in prison. Filmmaker John Lucas chronicles their lives in prison, their struggle to maintain connections to family and friends and their fight to reintegrate into society in his documentary, “The Cooler Bandits”. Lucas and Richard “Poochie” Roderick, one of the men featured in the documentary, join us to discuss the film.