SETAUKET, N.Y. – Times must be tough back at the Empire.
A bank robber dressed as “Star Wars” villain Darth Vader made off with an undetermined amount of cash after pointing a handgun at startled tellers inside a Chase bank branch on Long Island.
Detectives say the stickup man walked into the bank shortly before noon Thursday wearing a full head mask and a blue cape. The only part of the uniform that was out of place were his camouflage pants. And that handgun – no lightsaber.
Suffolk County police detective Sgt. William Lamb told reporters at least one customer at the time didn’t think the theft was legit.
“The customer thought it might have been a joke and not a serious attempt at a robbery,” Lamb said.
The only other description of the suspect was his height: 6 feet to 6-foot-2. He was last seen running across a parking lot.
“I thought it was pretty comical, but I guess this guy was pretty serious about needing some money,” said Michael Aloisio, who saw the bandit run past.