One of the greatest and most iconic villains in cinematic history has struck again. Well, kind of.

A man wearing a Darth Vader mask and dark clothing robbed a Pineville, North Carolina, bank Monday, according to authorities.

Police say the Sith Lord entered the Pineville State Employees Credit Union shortly before noon armed not with a lightsaber, but a long rifle. He demanded money from a bank teller and fled the scene in a four-door gray Chevy Suburban SUV - not a TIE fighter.

The suspect reportedly escaped with thousands of dollars. No one was injured during the robbery.

Witnesses told police the man was shorter than his towering "Star Wars" inspiration, standing approximately 5-feet-5-inches tall.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Pineville Police Department's Criminal Investigations Division at 704-889-2231.


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