Pirate Mike Makes Bank!

My difficulty with figuring out Mike’s exact relationship to the world around him pops up here. I like the idea of Mike stealing the entire bank. I also like the idea of Mike having a pre-existing and ongoing relationship with law enforcement. The nonchalance of the officer means Mike isn’t a real threat, but Mike’s supposed to be a threat, right? Trying to figure out Mike’s threat level as well as how folks around him respond to him is a long-time stumbling block for me with the strip. Again, as with everything else in the strip, I suspect that more strips, more frequently would help me in understanding that point.