22 Jan '11, 12am

A man who robs banks wearing a mask of President Obama has struck again in Austria

VIENNA - A MAN who robs banks wearing a rubber mask of US President Barack Obama has struck again, Austrian police said on Friday. The disguised thief robbed a bank in the town of Handenberg in Upper Austria just before the bank closed at 6pm (1700 GMT, 1am Singapore time), police said in statement. Police believe the same man, disguised by his Obama mask, has been carrying out such bank raids for the past two years. He threatened the bank's employee with a gun, shouting: 'This is a hold-up. Give me the money.' The robber - who apparently spoke with a local dialect - initially fled by foot with the money in a black shoulder bag. Witnesses said he then sped off in a dark car with a Salzburg region number plate. No one was hurt during the hold-up, police said. The statement did not say how much money the robber made off with, but the daily Kronenzeitung, in its online editio...

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