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Police: 'Nerdy Bandit' jailed, linked to robberies at trendy clothing stores

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At left, a Multnomah County Jail mug shot of Thaddeus Lindsay-Woods. At right, a police sketch artist's depiction of Lindsay-Woods prior to his arrest. At left, a Multnomah County Jail mug shot of Thaddeus Lindsay-Woods. At right, a police sketch artist's depiction of Lindsay-Woods prior to his arrest.
PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

A 31-year-old man who police called the Nerdy Bandit was taken into custody when officers raided an address at Southeast 35th Avenue and Division Street on Friday morning.

Police said Thaddeus Lindsay-Woods earned his Nerdy Bandit nickname because witnesses described him as "nerdyish" and wearing black-rimmed glasses during robberies at three trendy Portland clothing stores.

Lindsay-Woods now faces charges of first-degree and second-degree robbery, and he'll make his first court appearance when he's arraigned in Multnomah County on Monday.

Police said the suspect's crimes occurred over the course of 10 days in October 2013.

On Oct. 4, he handed a demand note to an employee at American Apparel on 34th Avenue and Hawthorne Boulevard, and then walked out of the store with an undisclosed amount of cash, according to police.

Exactly one week later, police said, Lindsay-Woods tried to hit another American Apparel, this one in downtown Portland at 12th Avenue and Stark Street. The employee ran away, and Lindsay-Woods fled the store without getting any money, officers said.

The third robbery took a more serious turn, according to police, because Lindsay-Woods was armed with a gun. Investigators said he robbed the Urban Outfitters off Northwest 23rd Avenue, and ran out the back entrance to 24th Avenue with an undisclosed amount of cash.

In all three crimes, Lindsay-Woods browsed for clothing for several minutes before committing the robbery.

Witnesses gave police a very detailed description of Lindsay-Woods: white male, skinny build, brown hair, "nerdyish," yellow teeth and wearing a hat and black-rimmed glasses.

Police used that description to come up with a forensic sketch, and they said the sketch led to tips that enabled them to identify Lindsay-Woods as the Nerdy Bandit. A Special Emergency Response Team, the Portland Police Bureau's version of SWAT, then arrested him Friday at 5 a.m.

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