07/10/2015 11:50 BST | Updated 07/10/2015 12:59 BST

'Maxi Pad Bandit' Arrested In California After Allegedly Robbing Shop Wearing Sanitary Pad

A man dubbed the 'maxi-pad' bandit has been arrested for allegedly robbing a shop wearing a sanitary pad as disguise.

The accused thief was caught on CCTV footage taken on 28 September in Apple Valley, California. He can be seen using a piece of wood to break the glass front door of a Battery Mart and slip inside the store.

According to local police, the suspect stole several battery chargers and torches before fleeing the scene in a white 1992 Dodge Dynasty.

maxi pad bandit

The alleged robber wore a sanitary towel to cover his face

In an interview with NBC Los Angeles, Mark Wedell, the shop owner said: “Right away everybody started saying we should call this guy the maxi-pad bandit.

“We had a pretty good picture of his face cause he came to the store the first time and looked in the window without his maxi-pad on.

“But when he came back and he had the maxi-pad over his eyes I guess he thought it was going to take care of everything."

Investigators for the San Bernardino Sheriff's Dept. took the footage which led them to arrest their sanitary suspect, 51-year-old Gary Victor.


Police spokeswoman Trish Hill said: "It wasn't surprising, but yes, that is, in fact, that's what he was trying to conceal his identity with, and he didn't do a very good job."

Hill later told The Huffington Post Australia that he maxi-pad was recovered and taken into evidence.