OCEANSIDE — An armed robber pointed a gun at a bank teller at an Oceanside bank at about 9:30 a.m. Jan. 25, and authorities believe the suspect to be the “Drywaller Bandit,” who is suspected of robbing eight banks in North County since September 2010.
A $20,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the Drywaller Bandit, according to the FBI.
The robber walked right up to the counter and he pointed the gun and demanded money at the U.S. Bank at 4132 Oceanside Blvd., which authorities believe to be the latest in the string of the Drywaller Bandit robberies.
After he received an undisclosed amount of money, the suspect walked out of the bank and was last seen as he crossed Oceanside Boulevard in the direction of a shopping mall, which is just south of the bank.
FBI and local law enforcement are asking for the public’s assistance to identify the Drywaller Bandit, who is described as a white male in his late 20s to early 40s, who has brown hair and a medium build. The suspect is about 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighs between 160 and 190 pounds.
The Drywaller Bandit is known to wear a dust mask on his face and dark baseball caps, gloves, a black ski mask, sunglasses, a dark jacket with a hood and fleece lining, gloves and blue jeans.
According to the FBI, his weapon is a black and silver semi-automatic pistol.