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Darth Vader robbery: Phantom menace strikes Long Island bank

Darth Vader robbery? Darth Vader apparently robbed a Long Island bank Thursday. The Darth Vader robbery might have been a person in a Darth Vader mask, however.

By Associated Press / July 23, 2010

A man pulls off the Darth Vader robbery in a Long Island, NY bank on Thursday. Police and bank officials are trying to determine how much cash he got away with.

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Setauket, New York

A man donning a Darth Vader mask at a New York bank has gone to the dark side.

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Police say the man entered a Chase bank branch on Long Island on Thursday, displayed a gun and demanded money. A surveillance camera caught the "Star Wars" character wearing a blue cape and camouflage pants.

The bandit escaped from the Setauket bank with an undetermined amount of cash.

The robbery comes about a week after another bank robber, dubbed the "bouquet bandit," held up a Manhattan bank.

Authorities say Edward Pemberton used a flower bouquet to conceal a note demanding cash during a $440 bank heist July 15. They say he used a potted plant as a similar prop in a holdup at another bank earlier this month.

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