Bank robbers will often wear some sort of disguise – stocking masks, bandanas, even a niqab on occasion.
But while disguising your identity, these things can also draw attention to the fact that you're up to no good.
But a stick-up artist in the German town of Bad Soden-Salmünster, not far from Frankfürt, came up with an ingenious scheme that was as effective as it was subtle. He just wore a really horrible tie.
The man, reportedly in his twenties, went into the bank in the central German town on Tuesday, April 6, and told the cashier to hand over an as yet unknown amount of cash.
According to a police report, the villain was carrying a pistol. But beyond that descriptions of the miscreant are surprisingly vague.
Cops say his lurid 1980s-style tie distracted witnesses so much they couldn't remember anything else.
The man took his loot and made good his escape, leaving police to question bank staff and customers that had very little to tell them.
The investigators believe the neon neckwear was part of a well thought-out diversionary tactic: "He did it cleverly," a police spokesman told German-language newspaper Der Speigel. "Everyone focused on the ugly tie and didn't pay attention to his face."
The plan seems to have worked out well so far. The robber is still at large and police reportedly have no clues as to his identity.
At the other end of the scale, a very distinctive bank robber is still on the loose.
Roque Jacinto Gonzalez Almiron, nicknamed Bigfoot because he has an extra toe on one of his feet, managed to escape a Paraguay jail after cutting through the bars of his cell door and escaping via the prison roof.
Bigfoot had been accused of leading a group of hardened criminals armed with weapons and explosives on a bank job in the city of Liberacion in central Paraguay.
The bank heist quickly turned violent and two members of the public were shot at close range.
Since the daring escape in February Bigfoot, like his mythical namesake, has not been seen or captured.
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