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The Empire Strikes Bank

The Empire Strikes Bank

Police are investigating the robbery of a Chase bank branch in Setauket by a man wearing a Darth Vader mask and a cape. [Surveillance VIdeo Still]

New York Daily News via YellowBrix

July 23, 2010

LONG ISLAND – A lot of robbers use force. This one used the Force.

A bandit decked out in a Darth Vader costume strolled into a Long Island bank on Thursday – and walked out with a wad of cash.

The villain looked ready for Halloween, wearing the “Star Wars” scoundrel’s signature mask and sweeping black cape.

He lost some authenticity points for a pair of camouflage pants.

The getup struck one customer as so funny that he started joshing with the Darth Robber after he strode into the Chase bank in Setauket.

“The customer thought it might have been a joke, and not a serious attempt at a robbery,” said Suffolk County police Detective Sgt. William Lamb.

But Darth wasn’t kidding – and he wasn’t going to be stopped by a non-Jedi Knight.

He won a “shoving match” against the incredulous customer before using his piece to order him to the floor, Lamb said.

And his weapon was no joke. He was carrying a pistol instead of a lightsaber.

Cops released a surveillance camera image yesterday showing Darth at the teller counter, loading bills into a bag, while the customer cowers on the floor.

The fake Darth made a quick-footed getaway, and the bank was still checking its drawers late yesterday to figure out how large his take was, Lamb said.

It was the second recent off-the-wall bank robbery. On Wednesday, NYPD cops arrested a man dubbed the “Bouquet Bandit,” saying he brought flowers and potted plants into banks he robbed.

  • Images_max50


    about 4 years ago


    GL, that helmet has to destroy his vision....probably a bad choice lol.

  • Anonymous-killer-whale-232189_1__max50


    about 4 years ago


    Glad no one got hurt, but that customer took an awful chance trying to wrestle with the robber; a damn good way to get killed !!!

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 4 years ago

    I thought this was about "Stars Wars"... Guess I was wrong... Huh?
    But.. What does the “Bouquet Bandit” have to do with this...? This thing was in Long Island... Nothing to do with the NYPD...
    Media folks, please get your act together: The NYPD is NOT the whole State of NY... It's ONLY The City of NY...!!!

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 4 years ago

    The Force is strong with this one....

  • 08-15-06_0717_max50


    about 4 years ago


    Anyone know where Chad Vader was at the time of the robbery?

  • Fordpi215_max600_max50


    about 4 years ago


    K0stw LMAO, the only thing that could maybe top that is if he'd have it playing over a speaker.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 4 years ago

    Wonder if he had the Imperial March going on an ipod when he walked in?

  • Sssssss_max50


    about 4 years ago


    Good luck identifying him! That's pretty clever for a low life though.. makes me wonder if he was just trying to top the flower guy.

  • Policememorial---a_max50


    about 4 years ago


    Maybe this clown was hard up for cash for a ticket to Comic Con in San Diego?

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