APPLE VALLEY, Calif., Sept. 30 (UPI) -- Police in California said they gave arrested the "Maxi Pad Bandit" accused of burglarizing an auto parts store with a feminine hygiene pad on his face.
Apple Valley Police said the man's face was partially obscured by the pad when he broke into the Battery Mart after it closed Monday, but surveillance footage was clear enough for officers to identify him as Gary Victor, 51.
Victor, whom police said they have dealt with in the past, was arrested Tuesday. Police said they believe he may have been under the influence of intoxicating substances at the time of the break-in.
Mark Wedell, owner of the Battery Mart store, said the surveillance footage included a clear shot of the suspect's face without the sanitary napkin.
"Right away everybody started saying we should call this guy the Maxi Pad bandit," Wedell told KNBC-TV.
"We had a pretty good picture of his face cause he came to the store the first time and looked in the window without his Maxi Pad on," Wedell said. "But when he came back and he had the maxi pad over his eyes I guess he thought it was going to take care of everything."
Police confirmed the object on Victor's face was a feminine pad.
"It wasn't surprising, but yes, that is in fact that's what he was trying to conceal his identity with, and he didn't do a very good job," police spokeswoman Trish Hill said.