There hasn't been much word about Bootsy Collins since his Bonaroo appearance in 2011, his stint selling boots for Old Navy the same year and, of course, the Houston Press interview we know you all read, but it's hard for me to believe the man is so down on his luck, he's forced to rob banks.
Then again, this ain't Bootsy, baby. This is just some dude who decided to go retro '70s and rob a Houston credit union on 19th Street with three accomplices. Check those shades and that wig. No word on if he was wearing platform boots and spandex. According to a report from the FBI, his three companions were dressed in all black from head to toe. Are we sure they aren't an act?
The robbery took place at just after 3 p.m. on Tuesday. The Bootsy lookalike was armed with a handgun and demanded money. After he got a wad of cash, he and the Pips (I know, I'm mixing my '70s soul acts, but stick with me) exited the bank and drove off in a gray Buick.
All three were described as black males. The one with the wig and shades was described as six feet tall with a heavy build -- ok, definitely NOT Bootsy, maybe Barry White. He had on khaki cargo shorts to go with that wig and shades. The other three were described as having thin to medium builds, average height and dressed in black. Those three covered their heads and faces with clothing, which may or may not indicate they were ninjas. Barry White and the Three Ninjas has a nice ring to it.
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So, if you see these four dudes hanging out and getting funky, call Crime Stoppers at 713-222-8477 or the FBI at 713-693-5000 because they are offering up to $5k for information leading to their charging and arrest.