'Obama Bandit' Busted Robber hit at least 7 banks since 2008, say police By Mark Russell, Newser Staff Posted Apr 1, 2011 8:52 AM CDT 8 comments Comments A bank robber wearing a mask depicting US President Barack Obama was arrested yesterday, after robbing at least seven banks since 2008. (AP Photo/Austrian Police) (Newser) – A bank robber in Austria who committed a series robberies while wearing a Barack Obama mask has been arrested, reports the BBC. The latest robbery occurred yesterday afternoon, and the bandit was arrested about an hour afterward while hiding out in a nearby forest. The man committed his first masked robbery in 2008, disguised behind the face of an old man, but started donning Obama's mug in 2009. Police said they believe the man is from Bavaria, just across the border. Police said his technique was always the same: He would show up just before closing with a silver pistol and a black bag; only his getaway cars would change.