Elderly bank robber threatens teller with bomb

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Bank surveillance photographs from the Union Bank robbery on November 14, 2014. (FBI)

Bank surveillance photographs from the Union Bank robbery on November 14, 2014. (FBI)

SAN DIEGO – Authorities released photos of an elderly man who pointed a pistol at a bank teller and claimed to have a bomb during a heist in Rancho Bernardo.

The man dressed in a light-colored hat with a brim, blue blazer, dark glasses and carried a purple duffel bag into the Union Bank branch at 16880 Bernardo Center Drive around 5 p.m. Friday.

The robber was armed with a small pistol and explosive device when he handed over two different demand notes for cash, according to the FBI.  The device had wires and an antenna attached to it.

A teller handed over an undisclosed amount of cash, and the robber left the bank, the FBI said.

No one was injured during the robbery.

Witnesses described the robber as a white man about 5-feet, 5-inches tall, medium build and in his mid to late 60s. He wore a silver watch on his left wrist.

The San Diego Police Department and FBI are hoping the public can identify the man responsible for the robbery. Anyone with information should contact the FBI at 858-320-1800, online or call Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477.

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