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July 28, 2013 (San Diego’s East county) – The El Cajon Police Department, La Mesa Police Department, San Diego Police Department, and the FBI are seeking the public’s assistance to identify an unknown male believed to be responsible for several bank robberies this month. 

The latest of these robberies occurred at the Wells Fargo Bank located at 1235 Avocado Avenue on Saturday, July 20 at approximately 11:57 a.m.  The robber entered the bank and stopped at an island counter in the bank lobby.  The robber approached a teller and presented a note claiming he was armed with a bomb and demanded cash in specific denominations.  After receiving a sum of money, the robber left the bank.  No injuries were reported.

The man, dubbed the “Beer Gut Bandit” is described as being in his mid-50s, approximately 5’7” to 6’0” tall, weighing approximately 200 to 230 lbs, with gray and black hair, a goatee. 

According to the F.B.I., the “Beer Gut Bandit” is believed to be responsible for bank robberies on July 5 at Wells Fargo Bank on Lake Murray Boulevard in La Mesa; on July 16 at US Bank on Fletcher Parkway in El Cajon; and on July 17 at Bank of America on Balboa Avenue in San Diego.

Anyone with information concerning these robberies is asked to contact the FBI at (858) 320-1800 or Crime Stoppers at (888) 540-8477.

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