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Denver ‘Thong Bandit’ reemerges as temperatures warm up

An artist's rendering of the 'Thong Bandit.' (Photo: Denver Police Department)

An artist’s rendering of the ‘Thong Bandit.’ (Photo: Denver Police Department)

DENVER — He’s at it again.

And Denver Police are now saying the recently-dubbed “Thong Bandit’s” reason for taking a Winter hiatus appears to be practical: It was too cold.

The man who first began exposing himself to women in north Denver last summer appears to prefer warmer weather for his scantily-clad activities, considering his reemergence in 2013 occurred on Feb. 17.

Temperatures in Denver were an unseasonably warm 66 degrees that day.

FOX31 Denver first learned about the “Thong Bandit” in December. That’s when police said they had received a slew of reports, starting in July, about a similarly-described man wearing a thong and exposing himself to women near Sloan’s Lake.

The specific area that police identified spans from 24th to 26th Avenue and from Perry Street to Hooker Street. Typically, police say the man appears in front of a woman at the mouth of an alley and disrobes down to a thong before exposing himself.

While the crimes continue to seem harmless enough, Det. John White said police are worried the situation could “escalate.”

“We’re afraid he could begin raping women,” said White, who went on to say police do not believe this is the same man spotted sprinting through a West Highland neighborhood in a thong in September.

The suspect is described as a white or Hispanic male between the ages of 25 and 35. He’s between 5-foot-8 and 6-feet tall, between 140 and 170 pounds and has dark hair.

If you see a man matching that description exposing himself, police are urging you to immediately call Crime Stoppers at 720-913-7867. You could be eligible for a cash reward.