"Darth Vader" strikes NY bank

NEW YORK Fri Jul 23, 2010 6:05pm EDT

1 of 2. An unidentified man dressed as Darth Vader is seen robbing a Chase bank branch in Setauket, New York in this July 22, 2010 surveillance camera frame grab.

Credit: Reuters/Suffolk County Police - Handout

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NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Force was with a man when he robbed a bank wearing a Darth Vader mask and a cape.

Armed with a gun instead of a light saber, the man entered a Chase bank branch in Setauket, New York, about 50 miles east of New York City, on Thursday and demanded cash from a teller, police said. He fled through a parking lot with an undisclosed amount of money.

The bandit dressed as the "Star Wars" villain was part of a mini-outbreak of unusual bank robbers in the New York area.

Earlier this week, New York City police arrested a man accused of robbing two banks with a bunch of flowers and a potted plant.

(Reporting by Michelle Nichols; Editing by Jonathan Oatis and Bill Trott)