Perryville police reported that a "a White male, with paint on his face" robbed a PNC bank on Tuesday.
If the picture from the bank's surveillance camera is any indication, that is not "paint" on his face.
That is indisputably blackface.
The incident occurred on January 28 around 12:58 p.m. at the PNC bank at 5405 Pulaski Highway in Perryville, Maryland – about 40 miles northeast of Baltimore.
Perryville Police Chief Allen Miller told ABC News:
"He walks up to the teller and he presents the teller with a note, and the note basically said, 'Hey, I want all your money. Don't give me a moneybag. I want all the money in the drawer.'"
"He scooped up the money and left. It took about 15 to 20 seconds total for this to happen. No weapon was displayed nor insinuated."
The Perryville Police removed the report from their Facebook page after receiving negative comments.
A white man in blackface robbed a Maryland bank. Police announced the crime on Facebook, but later removed the po… https://t.co/l3KbsoiEj0— New York Daily News (@New York Daily News) 1580442329.0
On Thursday morning, the department wrote:
"In lieu of our recent post and its many comments (some being derogatory and/or vulgar), we have elected to take down/remove the post."
"We do appreciate those who had contributed any information in regards to the Bank Robbery."
"We ask that in future posts regarding a crime that we limit any commenting to relevance of the incident and details. Thank you."
The robber was not thorough in disguising himself since the exposed area between his right glove and jacket sleeve gave away his true color.
Perryville Police Department/Facebook
By Friday morning, the department reposted their Facebook report.
This time, the suspect was described as:
"a White male with dark make-up on his face, late 20's - mid 30's approximately 5'00"-5'5"."
The suspect's motivation for the costume is raising questions on social media.
Lots of questions.
So he's a felon AND a racist? Fascinating combo. https://t.co/aKXsc1TMqz— Qasim Rashid for Congress (@Qasim Rashid for Congress) 1580480188.0
@NYDailyNews I wonder which is the bigger crime?— Ross Peeler (@Ross Peeler) 1580447743.0
@Ryumoau_Juno @NYDailyNews I am confused. Should I despise him for blackface, give props for going the extra mile m… https://t.co/kNWXZHJIu2— 丂ひｱ乇尺 丂ﾑﾉﾘﾑ刀 ｲﾑﾉ 🇺🇸🏳️🌈 (@丂ひｱ乇尺 丂ﾑﾉﾘﾑ刀 ｲﾑﾉ 🇺🇸🏳️🌈) 1580446744.0
@nypost Have we even ascertained how he identifies?— Falcon has the flu 😷 - ✝ 🇺🇸 ☕ (@Falcon has the flu 😷 - ✝ 🇺🇸 ☕) 1580399009.0
@MichaelSteele Which is the greater crime bank robbery or being socially and politically incorrect? When he goes to… https://t.co/cnqyTDRI17— Alanw730 (@Alanw730) 1580406196.0
@MichaelSteele Hmmmmmmm now does that rise to the level of a hate crime?— Guy1749 (@Guy1749) 1580405932.0
People guffawed over the preposterous crimes happening simultaneously.
@shomaristone @NBCNews Damn, he really tried it https://t.co/U0FKyrrOBw— avyd seeker moon goddess🌙🧘🏾♀️ (@avyd seeker moon goddess🌙🧘🏾♀️) 1580403423.0
@QasimRashid Just when you thought you couldn't be surprised 🤔— Kevin Kibbe 🐝 (@Kevin Kibbe 🐝) 1580480353.0
@tariqnasheed Him: Guys i have a great idea Guys: What is it? Him: I'll Rob a bank in black face and they'll beli… https://t.co/gvrS9GckVf— BigBlackBrains (@BigBlackBrains) 1580446315.0
@MichaelSteele Oh FFS. You really got to be kidding me.— 🎶 Angela Tiseo 🐶🗽 (@🎶 Angela Tiseo 🐶🗽) 1580406046.0
What charges should be applied here?
@shomaristone @NBCNews Charge him with a hate crime during the comission of a violent felony! He's going to be popu… https://t.co/UjdeHOciCL— PuppyDoodles (@PuppyDoodles) 1580403397.0
@nypost Here in California they’d give you a warning for the bank robbery while the cultural appropriation would buy you 25 to life.— Lex Jurgen (@Lex Jurgen) 1580355342.0
The search is on.
@shomaristone @NBCNews I literally lightened his face with my basic iPhone brightener. This dude will get busted ea… https://t.co/DI5KETiq14— Brandon Brashears (@Brandon Brashears) 1580443132.0
@shomaristone @NBCNews https://t.co/fcJ3ATzrbX— Kirk on Tw!tter (@Kirk on Tw!tter) 1580402915.0
Here is a possible reaction from the bank teller that day.
@shomaristone @NBCNews I imagine this is the teller. 😂 https://t.co/YK68PlOb0y— twirl before the Father (@twirl before the Father) 1580431173.0
Did the malefactor think ski masks were a thing of the past?
Or was he trying to pin the crime on Black people?
Joe Jurado from The Root bet on the latter and safely assumed that the suspect's intention was for the bank teller to inform the police that "a Black guy did it."
@MichaelSteele ...and then I get stopped because I “fit the description.” Smh...— Donald Williams (@Donald Williams) 1580406016.0
Jurado commented on how the American legal system sees all Black people looking the same.
"I hypothesize that this man was not trying to rob the bank. Oh no reader, I believe he we was trying to get a Black man convicted of a crime he didn't commit!"
@QasimRashid The black guy did it. That usually works— miscellany101 (@miscellany101) 1580481236.0
@QasimRashid As someone who is very familiar with this area of Cecil county MD, this is not at all surprising. Its… https://t.co/AorQtXQKVG— Netta C. (@Netta C.) 1580489282.0
Chief Miller added that the nature of the heist—in which no one was injured—was a first for him.
"In almost 40 years in law enforcement, this was the first time I ever remember a person going into a bank with blackface on. This is a first for me in my career."
Miller said any additional charges for the suspect wearing blackface would be up to the Cecil County state's attorney.
"Once our report is completed and we do capture him, we will submit it to the state's attorney for review."
"Obviously, he'll be charged with robbing a bank, but I don't know if additional charges will be placed on him."
"We'll confer with the state's attorney in reference to that."
He concluded by expressing confidence in apprehending the crook.
"It's not a matter of if we're gonna catch him. It's a matter of when."
"He's by no means the smartest bank robber."