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FBI Investigates Local ‘Burgundy Bandit' in String of Nine Robberies

The FBI is investigating nine robberies throughout the county linked to a suspect they’ve dubbed the “Burgundy Bandit.”

A man, usually dressed in burgundy clothes, can be seen on multiple surveillance cameras demanding money from businesses.

The suspect carried a gun hidden in his waistband as he approach employees, the FBI said.

He would often collect money from different locations within the business.

The man would case out most of the locations for a few minutes before each robbery, according to the FBI.

The suspect was seen fleeing on foot after receiving the money.

He was described by the FBI as 5 feet 8 inches tall, around 175 pounds, and in his mid-40s to early 60s.

During the robberies, he was seen wearing a burgundy sweatshirt, burgundy or black pants, and black shoes. He also wore black and white gloves, black sunglasses, and a black baseball hat, according to the FBI.

The suspect was linked to the following robberies:

  • June 26: Fred Loya Insurance on North Second Street in El Cajon
  • August 17: Walmart on North Second Street in El Cajon
  • September 7: Walmart on Grossmont Boulevard in La Mesa
  • September 18: Two separate Fred Loya Insurance buildings in Kearny Mesa and North Clairemont, both on Clairemont Mesa Boulevard
  • September 19: Leslie’s Pool Supplies on Jamacha Road and Yogurtland on El Cajon Boulevard, both in San Diego
  • September 20: Walmart on North Second Street in El Cajon
  • October 12: Walmart on Murphy Canyon Road in San Diego

The FBI’s Violent Crimes Task Force is working alongside police in San Diego, El Cajon, and La Mesa.

Anyone with information is asked to called FBI San Diego at (858) 320-1800 or Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.

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