11 August 2010

Man Wearing Burqa Robs Md. Bank | WUSA9.com | Washington, DC |

Updated at the bottom.
Man Wearing Burqa Robs Md. Bank | WUSA9.com | Washington, DC |:
SILVER SPRING, Md. (WUSA) - Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Major Crimes Division, Robbery Section and the Federal Bureau of Investigation are investigating an armed bank robbery that occurred Tuesday afternoon in the Briggs Chaney area of Silver Spring.

Police said the robber was wearing a long black burqa, blue jeans, and tan boots. He entered the bank, displayed a gun, and demanded cash.
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Anyone who has information about this bank robbery and/or the suspect involved is asked to call the robbery section at (240) 773-5100.

Those who wish to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers of Montgomery County, toll-free, at (866) 411-TIPS (8477). Crime Solvers will pay a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information provided to them that leads to an arrest and/or indictment for this felony crime."
Note: The initial report does not give the name of the bank.

Maybe he can be the first customer at the proposed Ground Zero gay bar, right next to the proposed Mosque? (link to announcement)

Update: Interesting additional incidents. This is not a new technique:

Burqa-Wearing Bandit Baffles Detectives Oct. 18, 2007

Authorities in North Carolina don't know whether they are looking for a man or a woman in the search for a burqa-wearing bandit who walked into a bank Tuesday and pointed a gun at a teller before exiting with a bag full of money.

Burka-wearing gunmen raid French bank 08 Feb 2010

Employees let the pair through the security double doors of the banking branch of a post office, believing them to be Muslim women. But once inside, the men flipped back their head coverings and pulled out a gun, officials said.
They seized 4,500 euros (£4,000) in cash, according to staff at the branch in Athis Mons, just south of Paris, and made their getaway.

Gunman disguised in burka and sunglasses robs cash courier May 06, 2010
A gunman dressed in a head-to-toe black burqa and sunglasses robbed a cash courier in a shopping centre car park.The courier had just withdrawn a large amount of money from a bank yesterday when he spotted two men following him, Australian police said.
Interesting article by Amy Alkon that leads right back to the Ground Zero Gay Bar. It is about how gays are treated under Islamic law.

Obligatory tie in: A theme throughout both Suki series is voyeur cameras everyplace tracking people of interest wherever they go. In 2030's USA there are restrictions on law enforcement  using evidence from them in court, but individuals use them like mad.

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