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SAN DIEGO — Authorities asked for the public’s help Thursday in identifying a man who is believed to have robbed three San Diego-area banks in recent months.

The most recent heist occurred Monday at a Wells Fargo banking desk at a Vons store in the 10600 block of Scripps Poway Parkway in Sabre Springs, according to the FBI.

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The others took place July 2 and Sept. 25 at U.S. Bank branches in Albertsons supermarkets in La Mesa and Fallbrook, respectively, officials said. In each case, the perpetrator handed a teller a demand note.

Investigators believe the same man has carried out all three robberies. They have dubbed the unidentified thief the “Hipster Bandit,” due to his bearing and clothing.

Witnesses have described him as a thin white man in his early 30s with freckles, short brown hair and protruding ears. During the crimes, he has worn sunglasses with round lenses and long-sleeve button-up shirts, according to the FBI.

Anyone with information about the robberies was asked to call San Diego County Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477. Tipsters may remain anonymous and could be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

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