2010 has been a rough year for many banks. Continued economic malaise, stagnant (at best) real estate values, harsh regulatory examinations, compliance with enforcement actions and the political battle over regulatory reform has caused many sleepless nights in the industry.  However, on July 22, 2010, things appear to have gotten even worse for the industry, as the Empire started its ground war against banks.

As seen in the image below, Darth Vader, presumably in an effort to obtain funds to complete the latest Death Star, robbed a bank branch in New York on the morning of July 22, 2010.

Based on news reports, it appears the Force may be running low in this Sith lord, as Darth Vader felt it necessary to bring a handgun to the robbery.  Rebel Alliance security forces have been unsuccessful so far in apprehending Darth Vader, but it appears no one was physically injured.

(Via: Gothamist.)