Swissvale Police Chief Greg Geppert said Dennis Hawkins, 48, was dressed in the unusual getup when he shoplifted a BB gun from a Kmart store Saturday morning and took it to a Citizens Bank branch, where he used the pilfered weapon to rob a teller, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported Monday.
Hawkins, described as a black man with facial hair, was recorded by bank security cameras looking into the envelope of stolen money outside of the facility and dropping it when a dye pack exploded.
Police said Hawkins ran to a nearby service station where he tried unsuccessfully to secure a ride. Investigators said he climbed inside a car belonging to a woman who took her keys with her inside the station to call police.
Hawkins was still dressed in his disguise and had dye on him when police arrived and arrested him, Geppert said. He was booked into the Allegheny County Jail on multiple charges including bank robbery.
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