‘Hipster Bandit' Strikes Again: FBI

The so-called "Hipster Bandit" is linked to at least four bank robberies in San Diego County since July 2, 2015

A bank robbery suspect dubbed the “Hipster Bandit” by the FBI has struck again in San Diego, marking his fourth heist in the county since last summer, according to authorities.

On Wednesday, FBI officials released details on the Hipster Bandit’s latest crime in his six-month spree: the Jan. 9 robbery of a Wells Fargo Bank located inside a Vons grocery store at 4725 Clairemont Drive.

During the robbery, the suspect wore black jeans, black shoes and a black “Star Wars” shirt with images of Stormtroopers on it and the word “STORMTROPPER” across the front.

According to investigators, on that day, at around 2 p.m., the Hipster Bandit walked into the bank at the grocery store and handed a teller a demand note asking for cash. According to the FBI, the note stated he was there to rob the bank, and gave instructions to the teller on how to act. The note also demanded bills in specific denominations.

After getting cash from the teller, the suspect fled the scene on foot. No one was injured in the robbery, investigators said.

The FBI said this bandit has been linked to at least four bank robberies, including the Jan. 9 crime, throughout San Diego County: one on July 2, 2015, at a US Bank located at 8920 Fletcher Parkway in La Mesa; one on Sept. 25, 2015, at a US Bank at 1133 Mission Rd. in Fallbrook; a Nov. 2, 2015, robbery at a Wells Fargo Bank located at 10675 Scripps Poway Parkway.

Each bank targeted by the Hipster Bandit has been located inside of a grocery store.

The Hipster Bandit is described by the FBI as a Caucasian man in his late 20s to early 30s with a skinny build, weighing between 110 and 140 pounds. He stands between 5-foot-3 and 5-foot-5 and has brown hair. He also has a tattoo on his left bicep. 

At this point, investigators are still trying to determine the suspect’s identity, hoping someone recognizes him from surveillance photos. Anyone with information on who this man is should contact the FBI at (858) 320-1800 or San Diego Crime Stoppers at (888) 540-8477.

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