Bandit Accused in Four Bank Robberies Busted

Ronald Timberland, 50, is suspected of robbing at least four banks in San Diego

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    A San Diego man suspected of robbing at least four banks has been charged with the heists, the FBI announced Friday.

    Local resident Ronald Timberland, 50, was arrested Tuesday night at a motel in the 1000 block of Outer Road.

    San Diego Police Department detectives and FBI agents were able to link Timberland to a robbery at a Wells Fargo Bank on B Street in downtown San Diego on Aug. 18 around noon.

    During the heist, Timberland allegedly approached a teller, leaned over the counter and stated, “This is a robbery.” He then said he was armed and threatened to hurt the teller if she didn’t give him cash.

    The teller followed his orders and handed him some money, which Timberland placed inside a red and white plastic Target bag. He then fled the scene.

    The FBI released Timberland’s photo and details on the robbery that same day.

    On Tuesday, investigators got a call from a tipster who provided more information about the robbery. Based on those details, officials were able to track down Timberland.

    But the Aug. 18 bank robbery isn’t the bandit’s only crime, investigators said.

    The FBI said Timberland is allegedly responsible for three other bank robberies in San Diego. This includes a U.S. Bank at 6155 El Cajon Blvd. on July 25, a U.S. Bank at 665 Saturn Blvd. on Aug. 12 and a U.S. Bank at 620 Dennery Rd. on Aug. 14.

    The suspect was booked into San Diego Central Jail on four counts of robbery. He’s scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday.

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