JUNIOR POPULAR AMONG BANK ROBBERS, TOO

What’s up with bank robbers wearing Dale Earnhardt Jr. merchandise? The No. 88 of NASCAR’s most popular driver appears to be the "it" fashion choice for today’s criminal. In June I wrote about the man in the Dale Earnhardt Jr. shirt (pictured above) who robbed a credit union in Salt Lake City. The man handed the teller a note, took the money and fled. In late July another man (pictured below) robbed a Memphis credit union while wearing a No. 88 hat. The unidentified man waited behind a customer, got to the front of the line, pulled out a black semi-automatic handgun and demanded cash from two tellers. He also got away.

Junior isn’t the only Earnhardt whose wares are displayed proudly by criminals. A woman in Wyoming, Mich., was arrested this week for striking and killing a pedestrian in a fatal hit-and-run. The woman fled the scene of the crime, but police were able to track down her truck after witnesses told them it was adorned with a Dale Earnhardt Sr. No. 3 sticker.
 
In July, an Indiana man was accused of hitting his girlfriend’s 14-year-old daughter in the head with a hammer while she slept because he was irritated by her snoring. The same man, who denied the hammer assault, did admit to whipping the teen with a belt because she disrupted his collection of Dale Earnhardt memorabilia. He received a suspended sentence for hitting the girl in her sleep.
 
You never hear about anyone robbing a bank in a Mark Martin hat.
 
Salt Lake City police seek credit union robber (Salt Lake Tribune)
Authorities search for suspect in credit union robbery (Memphis Commercial-Appeal)
Woman charged with fatal hit-and-run on 28th Street in Wyoming (Michigan Live)
Term suspended for man accused of hitting sleeping teen with a hammer (Muncie Star-Press)