The Empire Strikes Bank? Man in ‘Darth Vader’ gear robs facility in N.Y.

Times are so hard, even a Sith Lord has to find ways to get extra cash… Guess the Force is not with him? AZ Central relates a unique way to grab some cash on the fly;-

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 light saber.

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, whose identity was not released, can be seen cowering on the floor in a surveillance camera photo, moments after the holdup man shoved him away.

A photo taken from video and provided by the Suffolk County Police Department shows a person dressed as Darth Vader robbing a Chase bank in Setauket, N.Y. {IMAGE VIA: AZ Central & Suffolk County (N.Y.) Police Department}

A photo taken from video and provided by the Suffolk County Police Department shows a person dressed as Darth Vader robbing a Chase bank in Setauket, N.Y. {IMAGE VIA: AZ Central & Suffolk County (N.Y.) Police Department}

Some thought it a joke, but cops indicate this isn’t the first time this particular bank was targetted – and some of the other robberies were just as unique in their disguise;-

The holdup was the 15th in Suffolk County this year; 30 bank heists were reported in 2009.

The robbery comes about a week after a so-called bouquet bandit held up a Manhattan bank.

Authorities say Edward Pemberton used a flower bouquet to conceal a note demanding cash during a $440 bank heist July 15. They say he used a potted plant as a similar prop in a holdup at another bank earlier this month.

There also have been numerous reports around the country of men dressing as women, wigs, sunglasses and all, holding up banks.

A New Hampshire man robbed a bank in 2007 wearing tree branches and leaves.

Darth Banker? He uses the Broke side of the Farce to carry out his nefarious deeds?

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  1. neat post.

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