Bank robber says he needs money for ‘personal emergency’

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SAN DIEGO – The FBI released a sketch of a man who robbed a bank in La Jolla last week in the hopes that someone can help police identify the criminal.

The man, who witnesses described as a skinny white man with a gray and white mustache and beard, entered the Regents Bank at 875 Prospect Street at about 4 p.m. on Jan. 14, according to the FBI. He demanded money from three different tellers, asking them for specific denominations. He told them that he needed cash for a personal emergency.

The man left the bank with an undisclosed amount of money and was last seen running through a parking garage across the street and down an alley. The tellers did not see a weapon during the robbery.

The robber was in his late 30s or early 40s, stood at least 6-feet-1-inch tall and was wearing a zippered, hooded jacket, a ski mask, faded jeans and brown boots. Anyone with information about the robbery was asked to contact the FBI at 858-320-1800, San Diego Police Department Robbery Unit at 619-531-2299 or Crime Stoppers at 888-540-8477.

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