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Austria Hit By String Of Obama-Mask Bank Robberies

Austria Obama RobberBank robbery as metaphor? A masked Barack Obama lookalike has committed a string of six gunpoint bank heists in Austria over the past two years. Via Yahoo! News:

Austrian authorities are searching for a bank robber who uses an unusual disguise: He wears a Barack Obama mask during his holdups.

Police say the man, nicknamed the “Obama Robber” by local media, is wanted for six heists since 2008. The most recent took place Thursday in the hamlet of Handenberg, where the Obama-resembling suspect made off with an undisclosed amount of money after threatening bank employees with a gun.

Police official Markus Mitloehner said Friday that the man is thought to be a local since he speaks the regional dialect — with nary a trace of Obama’s more professorial accent.

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Video Of Swedish $5 Million Bank Heist

Authorities in Sweden have released this video of a bank heist which occurred last September, now that several of the thieves are set to go on trial. This seems like something that should happen only in movies: the outlaws helicoptered onto the roof, broke through the ceiling and were out in minutes with $5 million in Swedish kronar. It’s hard not to applaud their efforts, just a little bit.

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Darth Vader Robs Long Island Bank

Image_3.jpgNothing like this ever happens in New York City. Why is all the action out in the suburbs? The New York Post reports:

A man wearing a Darth Vader mask and cape robbed a Chase bank branch on Long Island on Thursday, police said.

The thief entered a branch in Setauket at 11:30 a.m. and demanded money from a teller. But instead of using a light saber, “Darth” threatened the teller with a semiautomatic gun. The teller gave the robber some cash from the drawer.

The Darth Vader thief, described as between 6 feet and 6 feet 2 inches tall, took off heading east through the bank’s parking lot.

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Thief Steals $100 Million In Paintings From Paris Art Museum

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A thief just committed one of the largest art heists ever at the Paris Museum of Modern Art. It took incredible cunning, however it did not involve slipping through a maze of laser beams. From the Washington Post:

In a brazen display of stealth, cunning and cool nerves, a thief using a sharp cutting tool opened a gated window and sneaked into the Paris Museum of Modern Art.

Three security guards were on duty at the time, but the thief — or perhaps thieves — detached five major cubist and post-impressionist paintings from their frames without being detected and slid back into the night with a rolled-up treasure worth well over $100 million.

The embarrassing heist — of paintings by Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque, Henri Matisse, Amedeo Modigliani and Fernand Léger — was discovered just before 7 a.m. Thursday, Paris officials said, probably long after the celebrated canvases had disappeared.

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