FBI searches for ‘Whispering Bandit’ in Union Bank robbery


Whispering Bandit

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SAN DIEGO — The San Diego Police Department and the FBI Friday circulated a photo of a bank robbery suspect dubbed the “Whispering Bandit,” who committed a heist while wearing a Statue of Liberty T-shirt.

Shortly before 2 p.m. Thursday, the bandit walked into a Union Bank branch at 1201 Fifth Ave. and robbed one of the tellers, according to the FBI. He was seen smoking a cigarette near an ATM outside the bank just minutes before he carried out the heist, authorities said.

The unidentified man demanded money from the teller in a low voice, earning him his moniker, according to the FBI. No weapon was seen.

The suspect was handed a wad of cash, which he put in his pocket, and exited through the B Street lobby door. He was last seen walking eastbound away from the bank.

The suspect was described as a white man in his 40s with an olive complexion. He’s just under 6 feet tall and thin, with light brown hair, and was wearing a black T-shirt with an image of the Statue of Liberty on the front.

Anyone with information regarding the man’s identity or whereabouts was asked to contact the FBI at 858-320-1800, or Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477. Tipsters can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

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