San Diego

Bank Robber Strikes Twice in One Week in East County

The unknown bandit struck on July 11 at a bank in La Mesa, and again on July 14 at a bank in El Cajon

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and San Diego Violent Crimes Task Force are asking for the public’s help in finding a man who robbed two banks in four days.

The first bank robbery occurred on Tuesday around 11:57 a.m., in the California Coast Credit Union at 8002 La Mesa Boulevard. The suspect gave a handwritten note demanding money from a bank teller, then fled the scene after receiving an unspecified amount of cash.

The second incident occurred around 10:30 a.m. on Friday, in the First Citizens Bank at 175 West Main Street in El Cajon. The robber again provided a note and departed with cash.

The bank robber is described as a dark-skinned male in his 30’s, 6 feet tall and weighing approximately 200 to 250 pounds.

In both robberies, he was wearing sunglasses and a hat -- one time a straw hat and the other time a baseball cap.

Anyone with information on the suspect can contact the FBI at (858) 320-1800 or San Diego Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.

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