He's a man in need of cash -- and a nickname.
The man in the photo to the right is suspected of robbing the St. Louis Community Credit Union (3651 Forest Park) Monday at 12:59 p.m. He did not indicate that he was armed, but he did hand over a note demanding money, and the teller complied, giving him an undetermined amount of cash.
Police suspect this same man is connected to the February 8 robbery of of the US Bank at 4301 Lindell Boulevard, and also to the unsuccessful attempt to rob the St. Louis Community Credit Union at 3651 Forest Park the same day. Yes, that's the same branch he hit yesterday.
St. Louis has had a spate of serial bank robbers in recent memory, and they've all been given obvious and arbitrary nicknames based on what they wore while committing their crimes. We've seen the Boonie Hat Bandit
-- he wore a boonie hat -- the Logo Bandit
(he wore logo-branded clothing), and also a couple of cross-dressing bandits who didn't get an official media nickname, but were instead informally known as "those cross-dressing guys."
You don't often get in on the ground floor with bandit-naming. The TV people are so quick to look at the security camera footage and just spit out the most obvious characteristic they see, and then that's the guy's nom de crime. But this guy is virgin territory, so to speak.
So looking at this guy, what are his most obvious characteristics? That vest? We could go with the vest, but the Vest Bandit makes it sound like he's stealing vests -- if that were the case, more power to him. No one should wear a vest.
What about the hat? Yes, it has a big P on it. The P Robber? Ehhh... The P Purloiner? No. How about we take into account the fact that he returned to the site of an earlier attempted robbery to finish the job? Knead that into the P-hat idea and you might really have something.
Something like the Resolute Boomerang P-Hat Bandit. Yes. Yes, that's just stupid enough to have come from a TV newscaster. That's it.