Most rappers have groupies. The Beastie Boys have a man dressing up in makeshift “Sabotage” gear and robbing banks.
According to OregonLive.com, a man police have dubbed the “Beastie Boys Bandit” has robbed multiple banks in the Portland area since last June.
Taking a cue from the outfits in the 1994 Beastie Boys’ “Sabotage” music video, the man reportedly dons a “black wig, fake mustache, dark sunglasses and a dark-colored suit with a white, buttoned-up dress shirt,” and once at the bank, passes a threatening note to the teller or exposes a handgun. His last suspected robbery was on March 2 in Northwest Portland.
The thief appears to be in his “mid-30s to 40s, about 170 to 200 pounds and 5 foot 10 inches to 6 feet tall.”
A cash reward of up to $1,000 is available for information leading to an arrest. Call Crime Stoppers at 503-823-HELP (4357).
Ironically the crimes make for good promotion. As previoulsy reported, the Beasties are currently prepping the release of their ninth solo album, Hot Sauce Committee, Pt. 2 for next Tuesday, March 3. Fans can hear the album in full now at hotsaucecommittee.com. —Lauren Carter