The FBI and San Diego Sheriffs are looking for a bandit who allegedly robbed three banks on June 15 -- two in Poway and one in Vista -- within hours of each other. NBC 7's Tony Shin reports.
The FBI and San Diego Sheriff’s Department are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying an unknown man accused of robbing three banks in one day.
On Friday, authorities said a serial bank robber hit a Chase Bank and US Bank in Poway and a US Bank in Vista all within hours of one another. He used a demand note in each robbery.
The first robbery happened at the Chase Bank on 12380 Poway Rd. just past 9:30 a.m. There, sheriffs said the suspect gave a teller a demand note and indicated he was armed. The suspect fled with an undisclosed sum of money and, according to witnesses, was last seen leaving the area in a dark-colored sedan.
The second robbery happened around 1:30 p.m. at the US Bank on 245 Vista Village Dr. in Vista. Authorities said the suspect again presented a demand note and said he was armed before walking away with cash.
The third robbery occurred at the US Bank on 13395 Poway Rd. at approximately 3:05 p.m., with the suspect once again using a demand note to steal money.
Sheriffs said witnesses from the three robberies described the suspect as a white male, approximately 60 years old with scruffy facial hair. He’s 5 feet 9 inches to 6 feet tall and weighs approximately 225-pounds.
During the robberies, witnesses said the suspect wore a combination of the following garments and accessories: a blue baseball cap with the letter “C” on it similar to a Chicago Cubs logo, a blue windbreaker, jeans and, in one case, eye glasses.
FBI agents said the robber tried to change up his disguise to some degree during each robbery, but didn’t do a very good job.
For instance, the bold bandit changed his baseball cap and jacket before the second robbery, according to FBI Special Agent Darrell Foxworth.
Foxworth said having three robberies allegedly committed by one suspect on the same day is fairly rare.
“Most of the time a bank robber will rob one or two banks at the most, but to rob three banks in the same day is unusual,” explained Foxworth.
Foxworth told NBC 7 San Diego the robber will probably target more banks because he uses the same method every time. And, like other serial bank robbers, his confidence will most likely grow the more he does it.
“So that’s why it’s important we get the information out now so that we can prevent him from conducting further bank robberies,” said Foxworth.
Anyone with information about these robberies is urged to contact the FBI and Crime Stoppers.