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)