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Bank robber suspect’s nickname cashes in on Star Wars frenzy

December 15, 2017

These Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017, surveillance camera photos provided by the Portland Police Bureau shows an unidentified man robbing a bank in Portland. 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, Dec. 15. (Portland Police Bureau via AP)

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.

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