FBI Seeks Masked ‘Scarecrow Bandit'

The suspect is wanted for robbing a bank in Carlsbad on Mar. 13 while wearing a cloth mask with the eye holes cut out, resembling a scarecrow’s face

Scarecrows are typically quiet and still, but that’s not the case when it comes to a masked bank robber dubbed the “Scarecrow Bandit” by authorities.

The FBI and the Carlsbad Police Department are searching for an unknown man who robbed a Chase Bank located at 7176 Avenida Encinas in Carlsbad Thursday while wearing a mask that resembled a scarecrow.

The mask, officials said, was made of some type of tan-colored cloth material – possibly burlap – and had the eye holes cut out.

Witnesses said the bandit entered the bank at around 6:10 p.m. He walked up to a teller’s window and made a verbal demand for cash. When another teller approached, the robber demanded money from that teller as well.

After getting cash from both tellers, the Scarecrow Bandit fled the bank. He was last seen running southbound on Avenida Encinas.

No weapon was seen or used in the heist and no one was injured, officials said.

The masked suspect is described as a white man in his mid-to-late 20s, approximately 5-foot-8, with a medium, athletic build. Besides the strange mask, he wore a gray, hooded, long-sleeved sweatshirt with dark horizontal stripes, dark gloves and tan, cargo-style pants during the robbery.

On Friday, the FBI released images of the Scarecrow Bandit captured on surveillance tape in hopes of tracking down more information from the public on the identity or whereabouts of the suspect. Anyone with information on this case should contact the FBI or Carlsbad police.

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