Three bank robberies are the crime of the week in the Crime Stoppers program.
In all three cases, the robber wore a baseball cap and a hoodie and gave the teller a note demanding money.
He was described as white, in his late 20s to early 30s, about 5 feet 8 inches tall, with a medium build and light-brown facial hair. He may have a cross tattoo on his neck.
Via Montreal Gazette:
At a recent bank-robbery trial before the Ontario Court of Justice, a Bank of Montreal teller described how she thought it was “odd” when two young men entered the bank wearing bomber-style jackets with their hoods up.
One of the youths approached the teller and demanded money, while the other youth stayed back.
In a ruling on March 13 that found the second youth not guilty because of lack of evidence, Justice Dianne Nicholas took issue with the teller’s characterization of the suspects’ hooded attire.
“She thought this was odd,” the judge said. “It was, however, winter and, in my view, there was nothing unusual in that their dress and clothing were age and season appropriate. They do not appear to be disguised in any way.
“Their appearance is what one would see on a daily basis on the streets or malls of this city in winter time. Hoodies are now commonplace attire and no longer have a nefarious connotation.”
But during the sentencing of a serial bank robber in B.C. provincial court in December, Judge David St. Pierre offered a more sympathetic view of those who might cast a distrustful eye on hoodie wearers….
“The first thing that pops into your mind after going through one of these events is that something bad is going to happen. It goes to destroy the fabric of our safe communities and our society. That is sad.”
Via CBS6 (Richmond, VA):
Two women were arrested and charged in connection to the robbery of a Family Dollar Store in Hopewell, Virginia, according to an email from Hopewell Police Captain Billy Costanzo.
Costanzo said on March 29, 2012, Hopewell officers were called to the Family Dollar Store at 3317 Oaklawn Blvd. after someone complained of “suspicious parties with hoodies in the business.”
When police arrived they discovered the store’s main doors were locked, Costanzo said. Looking through the window, the officer saw someone inside pointing a gun at a store worker. That person was wearing a hoodie, mask, and gloves, according to police.
Via NBC6 Miami:
A mustachioed man wearing a red hoodie robbed a Bank of America on SW 117th Avenue in Kendall Monday afternoon, according to the FBI.
The agency said the robber hit up the bank at 6901 SW 117th Ave. at about 4:10 p.m. He went in, showed a weapon and demanded money from an employee. Money was indeed taken – he made off with at least one bag’s worth, as the photo above shows – but the FBI did not disclose the amount.
Related: Speculative hoodie symbolism.