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Sunday, February 26, 2012

FBI and Local Law Enforcement Seek Public’s Assistance to Identify the “Insistent Bandit” Bank Robber

Latest Robbery in El Cajon on Tuesday
The FBI and local law enforcement are seeking the public’s assistance to identify the “Insistent Bandit,” believed responsible for five bank robberies dating back to January 17, 2012. The latest robbery was on Tuesday, February 21, 2012, at approximately 12:45 p.m., with the robbery of the Pacific Western Bank, 368 Broadway, El Cajon, California.

During the latest robbery the “Insistent Bandit” approached the victim teller’s window and made a verbal demand for cash. The robber also lifted up his shirt to expose a handgun in his waistband. After receiving a sum of money, the robber walked out of the bank and got on a bicycle. The robber was last observed riding away on the bicycle.

The “Insistent Bandit” is believed to be responsible for the following robberies:

■Tuesday, January 17, 2012—Pacific Western Bank, 9955 Mission Gorge Road, Santee, CA.
■Monday, January 23, 2012 Pacific Western Bank, 9955 Mission Gorge Road, Santee, CA.
■Monday, February 6, 2012—Home Bank of California, 875 Garnet Avenue, San Diego, CA.
■Friday, February 10, 2012—U.S. Bank, 9643 Mission Gorge Road, Santee, CA.
■Tuesday, February 21, 2012—Pacific Western Bank, 368 Broadway, El Cajon, CA.

Bank surveillance photographs, Pacific Western Bank, 368 Broadway, El Cajon, California, on Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Witnesses describe the robber as follows:

Sex: Male
Race: White
Age: Approximately 40 years old
Height: Approximately 5’10” to 6’0” tall
Weight: Approximately 180 lbs.
Build: Medium
Eyes: Unknown
Hair/Coloring: Grey scruffy beard
Clothing: White tee shirt with San Diego Chargers helmet on front of tee shirt, jeans, navy blue jacket with zipper and baseball hat
Weapon: Handgun
Miscellaneous: Has used a bicycle to flee the crime scene

Anyone with information concerning the “Insistent Bandit” bank robbery series is asked to contact the FBI at telephone number (858) 565-1255 (san.diego@ic.fbi.gov) or Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-TIPS (8477). You may remain anonymous by calling the FBI or Crime Stoppers. This robber should be considered armed and dangerous.

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