Bank robber suspect’s nickname cashes in on Star Wars frenzy
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Authorities in Oregon are taking advantage of the frenzy around the opening day of the latest Star Wars movie to catch a bad guy of their own.
Police in Portland on Friday nicknamed an alleged bank robber the “Palpatine Bandit” because of the dark-colored hoodie he wears during bank hold-ups.
Emperor Sheev Palpatine, also known as the Darth Sidious in the Star Wars franchise, wears a dark and hooded cloak.
The next installment in the movie franchise, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, opens in theaters Friday.
Police departments often give nicknames to bank robbery suspects to help generate tips from the public.
Police say this real-life robber held up a U.S. Bank branch on Thursday but was not armed.
He got away with an undisclosed amount of cash.