Bearded bandit hits 2nd bank in a week

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FBI released surveillance photos of the "Bearded Bandit." (FBI)

VISTA, Calif. — A bearded man who claimed to have a pistol robbed a Vista bank Wednesday.

The robber handed a demand note to a teller at the Chase branch in the 1600 block of South Melrose Drive about 9:15 a.m., according to FBI spokeswoman Emily Yeh.

Though he claimed in the written message to have a gun, none was seen, Yeh said.

The teller handed over an undisclosed amount of cash, and the robber walked out of the bank and headed south.

Witnesses described him as white, 25-35 years old, and about 5 feet 9 inches and 185 pounds, with short, receding dark-brown hair.

Investigators believe the same man robbed a Wells Fargo branch in the 600 block of Saturn Boulevard in San Diego on Oct. 7, according to Yeh.

Anyone with more information about the holdups was asked to call San Diego County Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477. Tipsters, who can be anonymous, could be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.