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Alleged 'Tootsie Bandit' pleads not guilty to bank robberies

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - An alleged cross-dressing bank robber dubbed the "Tootsie Bandit" because he wore a wig, sunglasses and makeup during one of three heists pleaded not guilty Tuesday to felony charges.

Robert Deon Tyndall II, 56, was ordered held on $700,000 bail.

Deputy District Attorney Dennis Panish told Judge David Szumowski that Tyndall is suspected of dressing like a woman and robbing Inland Federal Credit Union in El Cajon last July 16.

In that holdup, Tyndall allegedly simulated a gun and got away with $66,000, the prosecutor said.

Panish said Tyndall is also charged with trying to rob a Comerica Bank branch in the Point Loma area on Jan. 24.

In that robbery, the suspect said he had a gun but left when the bank manager refused to let him into a bank office, the prosecutor said.

Panish said Tyndall is also suspected of robbing a Torrey Pines Bank branch in Kearny Mesa on Feb. 1.

In that holdup, Tyndall allegedly displayed what looked like a revolver with a long barrel, threatened to shoot anyone who turned around and got away with more than $6,000.

A subsequent search of Tyndall's Hillcrest residence turned up more than $4,000, but the rest of the stolen money is unaccounted for and no gun has been recovered, Panish told the judge.

Tyndall -- who will be back in court Feb. 18 for a readiness conference -- faces up to eight years in prison if convicted of two counts of robbery and one count of attempted robbery, Panish said.

A preliminary hearing is set for Feb. 23.

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