‘Risky Business Bandit' Tied to 4 Bank Robberies

The bandit, who often wears dark sunglasses, has robbed at least four banks in northern San Diego since mid-April

A bank robber with a propensity for wearing dark sunglasses and displaying a demand note on his smart phone is being sought by the FBI in connection with four heists across San Diego County.

According to officials, so-called “Risky Business Bandit” has allegedly robbed at least four banks in a span of three months.

His latest robbery was on July 25 at a San Diego County Credit Union at 12330 Carmel Mountain Rd. There, he handed a teller a clear cosmetics-type bag for the teller to fill with cash.

The Risky Business Bandit’s first two robberies were in the same shopping center in the 4S Ranch area. He robbed the Point Loma Credit Union at 10413 Craftsman Way on April 18, following by the Wells Fargo Bank at 10535 Craftsman Way on May 13, the FBI said.

In both cases, he wore dark sunglasses like those worn by actor Tom Cruise in the 1983 film, “Risky Business” but refrained from sliding into the banks in only his tighty-whiteys.

Both times, FBI officials said the bandit used his smart phone to display a digital demand note letting a teller know he was there to rob the bank.

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The suspect struck again on June 27 when he robbed a California Bank and Trust located at 16796 Bernardo Center Dr. in Rancho Bernardo. In that incident and his July 25 heist, the bandit made verbal demands for money instead of pulling up a note on his phone.

FBI officials said the Risky Business Bandit has not been armed in any of the robberies and has not injured anyone, but remains at large.

Anyone with information on the bandit should contact the San Diego FBI at (858) 320-1800 or Crime Stoppers at (888) 540-8477. Officials are offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the Risky Business Bandit’s arrest and conviction.

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