$20K offered for man who hit 20 banks

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Sketch of "El Chapparito Bandit" (Credit: San Diego Sheriff's Department)

SAN DIEGO — Authorities announced Tuesday a $20,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of a man suspected of robbing more than a dozen San Diego-area banks over the last 10 months.

During most of the heists — two of which occurred on the same day — the thief pretended to have a gun under his clothing and ordered everyone present to either raise their hands over their heads or lie down on the floor, according to the FBI.

Witnesses described the robber as a skinny, dark-haired 5-foot-3-inch to 5-foot-7-inch Asian or Latino who appears to be in his mid-20s.

He is believed to have carried out holdups at the following locations:

  • Wells Fargo Bank, 10707 Camino Ruiz, San Diego, Sept. 13;
  • North Island Credit Union, 9420 Mira Mesa Blvd., San Diego, Aug. 30;
  • US Bank, 9400 Mira Mesa Blvd., San Diego, Aug. 30;
  • Wells Fargo Bank, 3445 Del Mar Heights, San Diego, Aug. 21;
  • California Coast Credit Union, 8220 Mira Mesa Blvd. San Diego, Aug. 13;
  • Wells Fargo Bank, 970 Otay Lakes Road, Chula Vista, July 31;
  • Chase Bank, 365 West Washington, San Diego, Feb. 3;
  • Bank of America, 5821 Balboa Avenue, San Diego, Jan. 29;
  • Wells Fargo Bank, 1220 Cleveland Avenue, San Diego, Jan. 23;
  • Chase Bank, 5303 Ruffin Road, San Diego, Jan. 15;
  • Chase Bank, 4111 Governor Drive, San Diego, Jan. 10;
  • Chase Bank, 6116 Mission Gorge Road, San Diego, Dec. 19;
  • Chase Bank, 4500 Bonita Road, Bonita, Jan. 3;
  • California Coast Credit Union, 1060 University Avenue, San Diego, Dec. 13; and
  • Chase Bank, 1103 East Plaza Blvd., National City, Nov. 19.

Anyone with information about the robberies was asked to call San Diego County Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477. Tipsters may remain anonymous.

1 Comment

  • Case Atchison

    The hat looks like it was from El Cajon Valley High School. Judging by the pattern he lives or works near Mira mesa but has family down south. Based on the areas of travel I would say he is probably Hispanic.

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