Authorities Search for "Beer Gut Bandit"

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    Surveillance photos of the “Beer Gut Bandit” shows his most recent robbery. Steven Luke reports.

    Authorities hope surveillance photos will help them catch the man responsible for a string of bank robberies.

    According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the four robberies took place this month: July 5 at Wells Fargo in La Mesa, July 16 at U.S. Bank in El Cajon, July 17 at Bank of America in Clairemont and July 20 at Wells Fargo in El Cajon.

    Two Bank Robberies, Same Suspect: FBI

    [DGO] Two Bank Robberies, Same Suspect: FBI
    The FBI and local law enforcement officers are asking for help to identify a man who's believed to have robbed two banks within the past two weeks. The most recent robbery happened Tuesday afternoon at the U.S. bank on Fletcher Parkway in El Cajon. Agents say the man handed the teller a note, claiming he had bomb. The suspect got away with some cash. He's also believed to have robbed the Wells Fargo Bank on Lake Murray Boulevard in La Mesa on July 5.

    In the most recent robbery, officials said the suspect handed the teller a note, demanding cash and threatening to have a bomb.

    The robber has been dubbed the “Beer Gut Bandit.” He is described as 200-230 pounds and in his mid-50s. He has black and gray hair with a goatee beard and mustache. He wears glasses with tinted lenses and carries a blue recyclable tote bag.

    Anyone with information can call the FBI at 858-320-1800 or Crime Stoppers at 888-540-8477.

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