FBI seeks public assistance to identify Wells Fargo Bank robber

SAN MARCOS — At least three local banks have been robbed of cash within nine days of each other, and San Diego County detectives and the Federal Bureau of Investigation are seeking a suspect or suspects.
The most recent bank robbery took place at a Wells Fargo Bank located inside of the Woodland Parkway Albertsons grocery store at 10:54 a.m. Sept. 30 at 10:54 a.m. by a male suspect who used a demand note.
A bank note was used in all three robberies, according to San Diego Sheriff’s detective Benny Cruz.
“The most common thing robbers use is a note,” Cruz said.
He said that local officials are teaming with the FBI to investigate the robberies.
Records show that the robber or robbers were successful in stealing money in all three attempts.
For investigation purposes, it was requested the amounts stolen not be disclosed.
Details about the Wells Fargo robbery suspect were released by the FBI, and said that along with the robber presenting a demand note for cash, he also made a verbal demand for money, including specific denominations.
“The teller complied with the robber’s demands and put the money into a plastic shopping bag. After receiving a sum of money the robber walked out of the store,” Darrell Foxworth, special agent of the San Diego FBI, said in a release.
The robber is described as a Hispanic male in his mid-20s to early 30s, with a medium build weighing approximately 175 pounds and standing about 5 feet 8 inches tall.
He was wearing black pants, a gray T-shirt, a black hat and black sunglasses, according to Foxworth.
Detectives have not released suspect information on the two other recent bank robberies in San Marcos.
Sheriff’s records show that the first robbery in the set happened on Sept. 22 at the Citibank on South Rancho Santa Fe Road.
A female teller at the Citibank was handed a note demanding money at 1:40 p.m.
Cruz said that the suspect or suspects’ identity was concealed, and that sunglasses and ball caps are also common disguises.
The FBI is requesting that anyone who has information concerning the Wells Fargo robbery call the FBI at (858) 565-1255 or Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477. Callers may remain anonymous, and Foxworth warns that the suspect described above should be considered armed and dangerous.

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