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Bank robberies on the rise throughout San Diego County

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SOLANA BEACH (CNS) - A woman who claimed to have a concealed gun robbed a coastal North County bank Wednesday.

The thief, who appeared to be in her late 20s or early 30s, handed a demand note to a cashier at the Wells Fargo branch office in the 200 block of Santa Helena in Solana Beach shortly before 11:30 a.m., according to the FBI.

The written message stated that the bandit was armed and demanded that the clerk hand over all the $20, $50 and $100 bills at the teller station. No weapon was seen.

The robber fled with an undisclosed amount of money.

Witnesses described her as a roughly 5-foot-6-inch, 200- to 250-pound black woman with shoulder-length hair. She was wearing an orange dress or skirt, a black cardigan sweater, a large black sun hat and sunglasses.

Earlier this week, authorities announced a $20,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of a man suspected of robbing more than a dozen San Diego-area banks over the last 10 months.

During most of the heists -- two of which occurred on the same day -- the thief pretended to have a gun under his clothing and ordered everyone present to either raise their hands over their heads or lie down on the floor, according to the FBI.

Witnesses described the robber as a skinny, dark-haired 5-foot-3-inch to 5-foot-7-inch Asian or Latino who appears to be in his mid-20s.

He is believed to have carried out holdups at the following locations:

-- Wells Fargo Bank, 10707 Camino Ruiz, San Diego, Sept. 13;

-- North Island Credit Union, 9420 Mira Mesa Blvd., San Diego, Aug. 30;

-- US Bank, 9400 Mira Mesa Blvd., San Diego, Aug. 30;

-- Wells Fargo Bank, 3445 Del Mar Heights, San Diego, Aug. 21;

-- California Coast Credit Union, 8220 Mira Mesa Blvd. San Diego, Aug. 13;

-- Wells Fargo Bank, 970 Otay Lakes Road, Chula Vista, July 31;

-- Chase Bank, 365 West Washington, San Diego, Feb. 3;

-- Bank of America, 5821 Balboa Avenue, San Diego, Jan. 29;

-- Wells Fargo Bank, 1220 Cleveland Avenue, San Diego, Jan. 23;

-- Chase Bank, 5303 Ruffin Road, San Diego, Jan. 15;

-- Chase Bank, 4111 Governor Drive, San Diego, Jan. 10;

-- Chase Bank, 6116 Mission Gorge Road, San Diego, Dec. 19;

-- Chase Bank, 4500 Bonita Road, Bonita, Jan. 3;

-- California Coast Credit Union, 1060 University Avenue, San Diego, Dec. 13; and

-- Chase Bank, 1103 East Plaza Blvd., National City, Nov. 19.

Anyone with information about the robberies was asked to call San Diego County Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477. Tipsters may remain anonymous.

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