July 24, 2010 in Nation/World

The (police) force is after this bank robber

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A surveillance camera image shows the robbery of a Chase bank in Setauket, N.Y.
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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.

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