Man claiming to have bomb robs El Cajon bank

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EL CAJON, Calif. — A man who claimed to be carrying a concealed bomb robbed an East County bank Tuesday afternoon, possibly for the second time this month.

The thief, who appeared to be in his mid-50s, handed a demand note to a teller at the US Bank office in the 400 block of Fletcher Parkway in El Cajon shortly before 2:30 p.m., according to the FBI. He fled with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Witnesses described him as a roughly 5-foot-7-inch, 210-pound white man with graying black hair, a goatee and mustache, and acne scars. He was wearing tan pants, a blue short-sleeved shirt and sunglasses, and carrying a bluish- green sack similar to a reusable grocery bag.

Investigators believe the same man robbed a Wells Fargo branch in the 5600 block of Lake Murray Boulevard in La Mesa on July 5, the FBI reported.