A brazen bank robber with nothing but a baseball cap and dark sunglasses hiding his face is one of the latest members of the social-networking Web site MySpace, and he wants to meet "more bank tellers so that I can continue my crime spree!!!"
Even though MySpace is popular mostly with teenagers, Fort Smith police Sgt. Jarrard Copeland created the profile hoping someone will recognize the man estimated to be about 60 years old and suspected in four bank robberies across Arkansas.
"We figure that might be one way to get this photo outside of the market," he said.
Amid a backdrop of US$100 bills and a song Citizens on Patrol from the movie Police Academy, the profile displays several photos from a Feb. 22 robbery at a US Bank branch in Alma. "The pictures are definitely clear enough and there's enough of his face and facial features exposed that someone who knows him will definitely recognize him and hopefully they'll call police," Copeland said.
The photo gallery shows a series of bank security camera photographs, including comic captions like "Here I am robbing the Van Buren bank. See my little gun?" and "I'm robbing the bank in Fort Smith .... I'm so cool!!!"
Copeland said he didn't go out of his way to ridicule the robber.
"I'm not concerned about taunting him," he said. "If it can get him flustered and it can cause him to slip up and make a mistake, it might help us apprehend him."
Steve Frazier, an FBI spokesman based in Little Rock, said his agency "didn't have a problem" with the MySpace effort, though they would stick with their traditional bulletins to the media. Check out www.myspace.com/bankrobber2007 (AP)
1. brazen adj.
臉皮厚的 (lian3 pi2 hou4 de5)
例: He didn't try to hide his affair, he was quite brazen about it.
2. ridicule v.t.
嘲笑 (chao2 xiao4)
例: You shouldn't ridicule people for their spiritual beliefs.
3. taunt n.
嘲弄 (chao2 nong4)
例: Jack was hurt by his schoolmates' taunts, such as "roly-poly Jack-a-moly."
4. apprehend v.t.
逮捕 (dai2 bu3)
例: Police have apprehended the muggers.