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‘Hipster’ Bank Robbers Are Crooked Sibs: Cops

By Perry Chiaramonte

August 22, 2006 – A pair of hipster-looking bank bandits – who turned out to be a brother-sister robbery team – were busted yesterday for three heists in Manhattan, source said.

Joe Kirby, 23, who is homeless and his sister Shemini, 20, who lives in the Bronx, are suspected of knocking over an Independence Bank branch on East 86th on August 6. Details of the other two robberies, which also took place this month, were not immediately available.

The robbers cut a distinctive style when they were caught on surveillance cameras during the Independence robbery.

Kirby was clad in green cargo shorts, a gray T-shirt and a green hat. He was wearing trendy metal-framed sunglasses.

His sister, who served as lookout, wore stylish black stretch pants, a gray T-shirt with a leaf emblem and rubber flip-flops. She carried a small white purse, cops said.

Kirby passed a note and the duo allegedly made off with $2,470.

They were both arrested in Manhattan last night and charged with three counts of robbery and possession of stolen property.

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