April 1 Story: “Obama Robber” Arrested in Austria

April 1, 2011

It is April 1. So here is a story from the BBC about a bank robber who wears an Obama mask. He has just been arrested in Austria. It is not an April fool’s joke, but the robber has chosen a mask that makes it irresistible to draw some comparisons to the real Obama.

Police in Austria have arrested a man suspected of robbing banks while wearing a mask of US President Barack Obama.

The man was arrested after an armed robbery in Fornach, north-east of Salzburg, in Upper Austria.

Police said a bank employee was held at gunpoint before the robber fled the scene in a car.

At least six other armed raids have been carried out by the man Austrian media have dubbed the “Obama robber”.

Reports say the latest robbery happened on Thursday afternoon and the man was arrested about an hour later in a nearby wood.

Police spokesman Markus Mitlohner said officers had found a mask, a weapon and stolen money in the wood. Mr Mitlohner told Austrian media that the suspect is a German citizen.

Apparently, the robber operated before Obama became president, but he switched to his new disguise in 2009:

The masked raids date back to 2008, when the robber wore an old-man mask. Police say he switched to the Obama mask in 2009.

Unlike the real Obama who has stolen $1.5 trillion per year from future generations of Americans, the Austrian Obama robber is harmless.

It was believed the robber had escaped with 10,000 euros (£8,000, $13,000) in Handenberg although his biggest haul was 40,000 euros in July 2009, the Austrian news website krone.at said.

All I can say to the Austrian “Obama robber” is: “Please rob us instead of the man whose mask you wear!”

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