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FBI and local police seek public's help identifying "well-dressed bandit"

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The FBI and local law enforcement agencies sought the public's help Saturday to identify a suspect, dubbed the "Well Dressed Bandit," believed to be responsible for 10 bank robberies throughout the county since May 2010.

The latest in the series of robberies happened Friday evening at a Chase Bank branch in the 9400 block of Scranton Road in Sorrento Valley, which investigators believed the suspect had robbed the twice last year, on Sept. 7 and Nov. 5 of 2010, according to FBI Special Agent Darrell Foxworth.

At about 5:45 p.m. Friday, the suspect approached a teller, simulated a weapon and demanded cash, Foxworth said. The teller handed over an undisclosed amount and the suspect left the bank and was seen getting into a black Lexus or Mercedes Benz.

The thief was described as a black male in his mid 30s, about 6 feet-2 inches tall and weighing about 220 pounds with an average build. He wore a black hooded jacket, a black cap, a black scarf and dark shoes.

In surveillance footage from previous robberies, the suspect also wore a dark colored suit or a leather jacket.

In addition to the three robberies at the Chase Bank in Sorrento Valley, the "Well Dressed Bandit" is suspected of robbing a Bank of America, also in Sorrento Valley, Jan. 20, two Wells Fargo branches, one in Escondido on May 18, 2010, and another in Carmel Valley July 15, 2010. He is also suspected of robbing the Point Loma Credit Union on Craftsman Way twice, on Feb. 11, and June 17, and another two robberies at a Mission Federal Credit Union in Solana Beach on April 6, and Aug. 2.

The FBI asked anyone with information on the "Well Dressed Bandit" to contact them at (858) 565-1255, or to call Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.


SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A large man pretending to have a concealed gun robbed a Sorrento Valley bank Friday, authorities said.

The thief approached a teller at the Chase Bank in the 9400 block of Scranton Parkway and demanded money shortly after 5:30 p.m., according to San Diego police.

The bandit "simulated" a pistol underneath his clothing during the holdup and fled with an undisclosed amount of cash in a black Lexus or Mercedes-Benz, SDPD Sgt. Todd Sluss said.

The robber, who was described as about 6 feet 2 inches tall and 220 pounds, was wearing black clothing, including a hooded jacket, cap and scarf.

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