'Hipster Bandit' caught after credit union robbery, police say

'Hipster Bandit' caught after credit union robbery, police say
An image from the security camera at the Albina Community Bank that was robbed on August 31 (left) and Harvie Dale Oglesby III's mugshot from the Multnomah County Jail (right).

PORTLAND, Ore. – Portland police officers nabbed the so-called “Hipster Bandit” as he fled on bike from a credit union robbery in Northeast Portland last week, according to police spokesman Sgt. Pete Simpson.

On Friday, Dec. 7 officers got a call about a robbery at the Consolidated Community Credit Union at NE Sandy Blvd and 20th Avenue.

Witnesses in the credit union told police the suspect passed a note demanding money and made away with cash, Simpson said. Witnesses were also able to provide a detailed description of the suspect.

As officers searched the neighborhood, they noticed a man about dozen blocks away who matched the description and was riding away from the credit union on a bike.

Officers caught up with the man, identified as 40-year-old Harvie Dale Oglesby III, and arrested him. Simpson said officers found evidence from the robbery on Oglesby.

Detectives think he is the same suspect from four other robberies in the Portland area, including one where a witness said the suspect “looked like a hipster.” Investigators coined him the “Hipster Bandit”

According to police, Oglesby is a suspect in these other robberies:

  • July 19, 2012, at the U.S. Bank, located at 7300 Southwest Terwilliger Boulevard.
  • August 31, 2012, at the Albina Community Bank, located at 5636 Northeast Sandy Boulevard.
  • October 19, 2012, at the Key Bank, located at 3839 Northeast Broadway.
  • November 26, 2012 at the Key Bank, located at 3515 Southwest Troy Street.

Oglesby is being held in the Multnomah County Jail on federal bank robbery charges.