The Coast News Group

Bank robbed, suspect still remains at large

RANCHO SANTA FE — A Rancho Santa Fe bank was robbed the afternoon of Nov. 4 by a man with a gun who was also carrying what looked to be a white, plastic pesticide sprayer.
Special Agent Darrell Foxworth of the FBI said the man walked into the Pacific Western Bank in the 6100 block of El Tordo at about 3:30 p.m., pointed what appeared to be a black semi-automatic pistol at a teller and demanded money.
After receiving an undisclosed amount of money, he left the bank in an unknown direction.
“There is no information if a vehicle was involved,” he said.
The robber was described as a white male, in his 30s, about 5 feet, 11 inches tall with a thin build.
“It was raining that day, so it was not unusual that he was wearing a yellow rain jacket,” Foxworth said.
The suspect was also wearing jeans, white tennis shoes and a black baseball cap and a dust mask covering his nose and mouth. The dust mask could the type used by construction workers or someone who works with pesticides.
Foxworth said that because of the continuing investigation, he could not reveal what the robber said to the teller or if he threatened her with what was inside the plastic container.
He said investigators are trying to determine whether the robber is responsible for other robberies using the same method.
“We have not connected him to any other robberies at this time,” Foxworth said. “That is what we always do in these cases — see if there are any other similar robberies in other parts of Southern California.”
Although it seems risky to rob a bank in a community that has limited ways in and out, Foxworth said it is not that unusual.
“They maybe thinking they are not going to be caught, that people might be surprised,” he said. “Rancho Santa Fe is like any other community and can be susceptible to bank robbery.”
Anyone with information is asked to call the FBI at (858) 565-1255.