Police say Harvie Dale Oglesby III is the "Hipster Bandit."
Use of the word "hipster" can get touchy. Lots of folks - myself included - think it's funny, not too serious, and certainly not something to get sensitive about. Others, however, disagree. These folks contend the word has no actual meaning, and is just an inaccurate blanket term used to classify kids with an affinity for tight pants, indie music, or ironic facial hair.
The Portland Police Bureau obviously has no qualms about using the term "hipster," as this morning they announced an arrest has been made in the case of wanted bank robber the "Hipster Bandit" - who's accused of a total of five bank robberies in the Portland area.
According to Portland police, 40-year-old Harvie Dale Oglesby III was arrested last Friday after attempting to rob the Consolidated Community Credit Union in Northeast Portland (robbing a credit union is such a hipster thing to do). Oglesby earned the nickname "the Hipster Bandit" after a bank robbery in August after which a witness told police he "looked like a hipster."
Here's how Portland police say Oglesby's arrest went down:
As officers were enroute to the credit union, located at 2021 Northeast Sandy Boulevard, they received additional information that the suspect used a demand note and after obtaining an undisclosed amount of money. The suspect left the bank and witnesses provided a detailed description to police.
Officers converged on the neighborhood near the bank and located a man matching the suspect's description riding a bicycle away from the area of the bank. Officers were able to catch up with the man and take him into custody at Northeast 31st Avenue and Irving Street. Evidence from the bank robbery was recovered from the suspect.
Detectives identified the suspect as 40-year-old Harvie Dale Oglesby III and believe he is responsible for an additional four bank robberies in Portland.
No word on whether Oglesby was riding a fixie at the time of his arrest.