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'Hammer Pants' bandit arrested

Stop, Hammer time.

Portland police have arrested a man known as the "Hammer Pants" bandit, accused of robbing three banks over the past year.

Weston Miner Rogers, 46, of Portland, was arrested April 18.

Rogers is accused of robbing the banks around Portland over the past year, including the Feb. 19 robbery of a Tigard Umpqua Bank.Rogers

Rogers was also wanted in connection to an Oct. 29, 2012, robbery at Wells Fargo Bank in Portland, and the Feb. 8 robbery at a Key Bank on Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway.

In Tigard, Rogers allegedly used a hammer to simulate a firearm during the robbery.

At the time, Tigard Police spokesman Jim Wolf said the thief held some sort of weapon in his sleeve.

“It is undetermined what (the weapon) was,” Wolf said after the Feb. 19 robbery. “He had it concealed in his sleeve, reached up and exposed the blunt end of the weapon to a teller.”

In another robbery, police said, Rogers pretended to have an explosive device.

Portland Police dubbed him the “hammer pants” bandit because of his use of a hammer in the two robberies.

Investigators searched Rogers' Portland home, where he was arrested.

Rogers was booked into the Multnomah County Jail and is expected to face federal bank robbery charges.




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