By LeaAnne Klentzman
At first Hayden and “Abby” Catt were like all the other kids on the block in the US northwest. That life began to change when their mother died and the children were ushered into the criminal enterprise of their only living parent, Ronald “Scott” Catt.
After the death of his wife some 10 years ago, the elder Catt was left caring for his two children, Hayden Scott Catt, now 21, and Abigail “Abby” Catt, now 18. In a bizarre chain of events Scott Catt took his children from their home in the northwest and used them as tools and coconspirators in a bank robbing scheme that spread from Oregon across the United States to Fort Bend County Texas.
On October 1, 2012, shortly before 2 p.m., Ronald Scott Catt and his son Hayden Scott Catt, dressed in caution orange vests wearing sunglasses, appearing to be construction workers, walked in and robbed the 1st Community Credit Union in the 23100 block of Cinco Ranch Boulevard near Katy.
At the time of that robbery, the suspects were described as white males, wearing dark sunglasses, the younger of which was wearing a fake mustache. The older suspect had disguised the lower part of his face with a painter’s mask.
The Catt family was tracked down and brought to justice by a very determined sheriff’s Investigator, Jeff Martin. Martin tracked the trio by the vests they were wearing at the time of the November robbery. He tracked the purchase of those construction vests to a Home Depot in the Katy area, which led to even more information, ultimately leading to the arrests of the Catt men on November 9, 2012.
Scott Catt, 51, and his son Hayden Catt, were arrested on warrants that Friday afternoon at their apartment complex off Mason Road near Katy. “Abbie” Catt turned herself into authorities later that evening. Her crime was being the getaway driver for the heists. The Catt clan is responsible for a string of at least 7 bank robberies that stretched across the south and western United States last year; including this one in Fort Bend County and a couple more in Harris County.
This past week “Abby” Catt agreed to a plea deal. She will serve 5 years in prison for her part in the bank robberies and her brother Hayden has agreed to a deal where he will serve 10 years in prison. Their father, the mastermind of this criminal operation, Ronald “Scott” Catt is said to be “considering” a deal that would land him in prison for 25 years.
The Catt family has been in the Fort Bend County Jail since their arrest over a year ago.