Suspected serial robber threatens banks with bomb

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SAN DIEGO – Federal agents released surveillance photos of a man believed to have robbed three banks in the last two weeks and claiming to have a bomb in a blue bag.

Bank of America Balboa Avenue Robber The thief, who appeared to be in his 60s, handed a demand note to a teller claiming to have a bomb at the Bank of America branch office in the 5800 block of Balboa Avenue shortly before 1 p.m. Wednesday, according to San Diego police.

After the clerk handed over an undisclosed amount of cash, the bandit left the building and, according to a witness, fled in a silver car, SDPD Officer Gerry Waclawek said.

The robber’s written message included a threatening statement about an explosive device, Waclawek said. No weapon was seen.

A Wells Fargo Bank at 5600 block of Lake Murray Boulevard in La Mesa and US Bank at 490 Fletcher Parkway in El Cajon were robbed on July 5 and 16, respectively, by a man with a similar appearance and threats, San Diego FBI Special Agent Darrell Foxworth.

The suspect was described as 5-feet, 6-inches tall, white man weighing between 170 to 200 pounds.  He has gray and black hair, goatee beard with mustache and was last seen wearing glasses with clear tinted lenses, green polo shirt with horizontal stripes.

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