Gunman in Santa hat robs bank

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SOLANA BEACH, Calif. — A gun-wielding man wearing a Santa cap and possibly phony whiskers robbed a North County bank Tuesday afternoon.

The thief, who appeared to be in his early 50s, flashed a black pistol and demanded cash from a teller at the Chase Bank branch office in the 600 block of Lomas Santa Fe Drive in Solana Beach shortly before 2:30 p.m., sheriff’s Lt. Jim Walker said.

After the clerk handed over an undisclosed amount of money, the bandit fled the area to the south on a bicycle, the lieutenant said.

Witnesses described the robber as a roughly 6-foot-2-inch, 180-pound white man with a beard that might have been false, acne-scarred reddish cheeks and dreadlocks. He was dressed in jeans and a brown jacket, Walker said.

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