Being dubbed the "Beastie Boys Bandit" by Portland police is more than a little flattering for a serial bank robber who looks more like Frank Zappa than Mike D, MCA, or Ad-Rock. Regardless, that's what they're calling him, and he's supposedly knocked off five banks since last summer.
Police believe the suspect, who wears a wig, fake mustache, sunglasses and a dark colored suit with a white, button-up shirt, robbed two east side Portland banks in a span of five days beginning June 3, 2010. On June 3, the man struck the 1225 SE Cesar Chavez Blvd. U.S. Bank; five days later he struck at 1901 NE 42nd Ave. U.S. Bank.
In both instances, he used a note demanding money and threatened that he was armed or set a device in the bank. On the first robbery he showed a handgun in the waistband of his pants, said Pete Simpson, a police spokesman.
Investigators believe that same man is also responsible for the July 2, 2010 robbery of the Bank of the West branch in West Linn; the January 4, 2011 robbery of the Chase Bank in Lake Oswego; and, the March 2, 2011 robbery of the Key Bank in Northwest Portland.
The man is described as a white male, about 6 feet tall, 170 to 200 pounds, and in his mid-30s to early 40s.
Here's his shot from security cameras.
Costume-wise, however, if homeboy was going for a Beastie Boy, he failed miserably.
Here's how a real B-Boys costume looks, courtesy of yours truly, circa Halloween 2008, Santa Cruz, Calif.