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article imageEmpire strikes bank: Darth Vader's heist in New York

By Lynn Curwin     Jul 23, 2010 in Crime
Long Island City - A man who recently dressed as Darth Vader is probably hoping the force will not be with him any time soon, although the (police) force is currently looking for him. A man wearing the Star Wars costume held up a bank in New York on July 22.
Perhaps Vader was stealing money to purchase new clothing, as he had shown up with a blue cape instead of a black one, and wearing camouflage trousers.
The man, whose height was estimated at around 6’2”, walked into the Setauket Chase bank around 11:30 a.m. One customer did not take him seriously at first, but when he tried to joke with him the caped man shoved him to the floor.
The New York Post reported that this Vader carried a semiautomatic handgun instead of a light saber. He demanded cash from the teller, and then took off on foot through a parking lot.
Fox News reported that he was seen later, still in costume, on a bike.
Police did not say how much money the man took.
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