Bagel Bandit Wanted for Robbery Series

Suspect wanted in connection to at least five robberies


San Diego police are offering up a reward to anyone with information leading to the arrest of a suspect connected to a robbery series at three bagel stores around the county.

The bandit is wanted for at least five different armed robberies all of which took place at local Einstein Bros. Bagel stores over the past three months, said Officer James Johnson in a media release.

No injuries have been reported during the robbery series, though in the most recent incident, on Sept. 13, the suspect shot a security guard who was inside the store, Johnson said.

The suspect allegedly kicked and shoved an employee as well during a robbery on June 16.

The suspect is considered armed and dangerous, Johnson added.

Detectives said the robberies all occurred in the morning hours around 5 a.m. and surveillance tapes helped capture his moves during some of the incidents.

The man is described as 5 foot 7 to 6 feet tall, with a medium build.

He reportedly wore varied clothing during the spree but usually was seen in a hooded sweatshirt or hooded jacket, blue jean pants, and a bandana or ski mask to cover his face.

What the suspect took in each robbery was not immediately known.

A $1,000 reward is offered and anyone with information in the case is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477 or send email and text messages via their website.

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