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Southeast manhunt on for 'Bad Tan bandit'

Perhaps to bolster his sagging self-confidence, or maybe just as a disguise, a man accused of robbing the Bank of the West branch located at 8135 SE Division Street on May 15 apparently decided to apply a spray-on “tan” before he pulled his heist.

But, it seems his vanity could help make the robber easier to identify.

At about 3 pm that afternoon, Portland Police East Precinct officers responded to the small bank, at the edge of Portland Community College Southeast Center at S.E. 82nd Avenue of Roses.

“The suspect had an orange Band Aid on his nose, and appeared to have an artificial tan color on his skin,” said PPB Public Information Officer Sgt. Pete Simpson.

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - A surveillance camera in the bank captured an image of the man wanted in connection with the robbery. His face may be hard to see, but its clear he does have a Bad Tan.Talking with bank employees, Simpson continued, responding officers learned that the suspect had demanded money, and had been slipped a “dye pack” by the cashier, along with an undisclosed amount of money.

“The dye pack exploded, and the suspect is believed to have red ink on his body and clothing,” Simpson added.

Apparently, employees at the furniture store on the south side of S.E. Division Street got a good look at the fleeing robber, and told police that he was picked up by a green Ford Explorer, perhaps having beige trim.

Several vehicles matching the description in the area were spotted – and some were stopped – but none of them turned out to be the getaway vehicle. “The suspect is described as a white male, 40-50 years old, 5'6" tall, thin build, short blonde or light brown hair, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans,” described Simpson. And, chances are, he’ll having you seeing red. Anyone with knowledge of this suspect, now being called by police the “Bad Tan Bandit”, is asked to call 9-1-1. Anyone with non-urgent information about the suspect or the robbery is asked to contact Detective Brett Hawkinson at 503/823-1080. or e-mail: HYPERLINK "mailto:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it." This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.