Ghostface was spotted in Melbane, North Carolina yesterday when a man decided to wear the infamous Scream mask to rob a bank.
No, that bank robbery was not some kind of stealth marketing tactic from Spyglass Media en lieu of the announcement that they’re developing Scream 5. It turns out that some guy in Mebane, North Carolina simply thought a Ghostface mask would be his best defense against security cameras.
The news was reported by ABC 11 Eyewitness. The article states that officers are searching for three men accused of robbing a bank in Mebane.
The security footage shows three men armed with guns walking into a Wells Fargo Bank. All three men are wearing masks, but only one is wearing the infamous Ghostface mask from the Scream franchise. The other two are simply wearing regular white masks.
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All three men were also wearing yellow gloves.
It appears the guy with the Scream mask may have been the “ringleader” of the group since he was the one spotted actually approaching the bank-teller.
Luckily, no one was injured during the hold-up, although it’s not clear how much money the thieves managed to get.
It’s possible the robber is actually a fan of the franchise and felt inspired by the discussions to grab that specific mask. However, it is far more likely he happened to find the mask lying around and grabbed it. That, or Halloween was only two months ago, perhaps that’s all that was leftover at the mask store.
If you happen to live in Mebane and have any information about the alleged robbery, the police department has asked that you call their department (919) 563-9031 or the Alamance County Crime Stoppers at (336) 229-7100.
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