There seems to be a sudden rise in bank robberies this year in San Diego County, but how do the numbers compare to last year? Brandi Powel investigates.
In two days San Diego County saw three bank robberies, two of which happened in the Scripps Ranch and Mira Mesa area, according to San Diego police and officials with the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
No injuries were reported at any of the crimes and all three of the suspects are still at large, according to police.
The series of robberies started Friday at 4 p.m. when a man dressed in black shirt, blue shirt and black pants entered a Well Fargo at 10707 Cam Ruiz in Mira Mesa, according to Officer David Stafford of SDPD. He was dubbed the "Well-Dressed" bandit.
The suspect, said to be in his 50s, demanded cash from a bank teller and once he got it he fled on foot, Stafford said.
On Saturday two more bank heists were reported.
The first occurred at about 10:30 a.m. when a male suspect entered the California Coast Credit Union at 9825 Mira Mesa Blvd in Scripss Ranch armed with a black handgun and demanding cash, police said.
The suspect was able to flee the bank with an undisclosed amount of money and left the scene inside a newer model dark charcoal gray Toyota Corolla with no plates, along with a male driver, according to a media release.
Police said the suspect was in his 40s, around 5 feet 10 inches tall, with a bushy mustache and glasses.
Unlike Friday's suspect, the robber was dressed casually, wearing a black hooded raincoat, tan pants and white tennis shoes.
Saturday's second bank robbery happened at about 3:30 p.m. at a Chase Bank in the 3600 block of Midway Drive in Point Loma, police said.
In this incident a suspect walked up to a bank teller with a gun in his hand and demanded cash, according to police and the FBI.
The suspect reportedly had a cooler with him, which he used to stash the cash before fleeing the scene.
The suspect was said to be a white male in his 20s wearing a black hoodie, hat, white latex gloves and dark pants. He was last seen on Kemper St., according to a report.
Police said that at the moment there was no evidence that the crimes are connected.
Crunching the Numbers
When you look at the numbers for commerical robberies in San Diego, both before the New Year and since, they may not be what you'd think.
NBC San Diego gathered information from CrimeMapping.com, a site that shows crimes reported by SDPD officials.
During the last two weeks in December, during the holidays, there were just under 40 total robberies and about one-thrid of these crimes were commercial.
In the first two weeks in January there were just under 30 robberies, again one-third commercial.
So, while the total number of robberies went down, the amount of robberies for banks and businesses stayed relatively steady, both during and after the holidays.
Fridays turned out to be the day that most robberies took place in both time periods.