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San Diego Officials Seeking Help Identifying “Hipster Bandit”

 San Diego officials are seeking the public's help in identifying the "hipster bandit," accused of robbing local banks wearing dark shades and business casual clothing. 

The man, who officials believe is responsible for two bank robberies dating back to Thursday, July 2, was dubbed the "hipster bandit" because of the clothes and sunglasses he wore during his robberies.

The bandit's most recent robbery occured Friday at the U.S. Bank in the Albertsons grocery store in Fallbrook on the 1100 block of South Mission Road at approximately 10:08 a.m. 

The robber approached the teller, asking for help while handing him a note saying he was there to rob him and demanded cash. The teller handed him the cash, which he took and left the store. 

Officials believe the bandit also robbed the U.S. Bank of the Albertsons grocery store in La Mesa on the 8900 block of Fletcher Parkway on Thursday, July 2. At approximately 10:07 a.m. that day, he walked into the bank and sat down in front of the tellers desk asking for help.

He then handed the teller a white envelope, demanding cash. He also provided instructions on how to package the money. The teller packaged the money and handed it to him. 

No injuries were reported in both robberies. 

The "hipster bandit" is described as a 5-foot, 4-inch tall man that weighs approximately 110 pounds and is in his early 30s. Officials say he has protrouding ears and was wearing long sleeved button up shirts with dark, round-lens sunglasses at the time of the robberies. 

Anyone with information concerning the “Hipster Bandit” is asked to contact the FBI at (858) 320-1800 (option 2) or Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.

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