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'Hills Bandit' of O.C. robs bank in Carlsbad, FBI says

'Hills Bandit' of O.C. robs bank in Carlsbad, FBI says
Surveillance images of the suspected Hills Bandit, who has robbed banks in the Orange County and Carlsbad areas. (FBI)

A bandit suspected of robbing three banks in Orange County struck in Carlsbad on Tuesday, the FBI said.

The robber, described as a white male, 45 to 50 years old, about 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighing 190 pounds, struck the U.S. Bank in Carlsbad by displaying a demand note warning employees that he had a gun, although none was seen.

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The same man is suspected of robbing a Wells Fargo Bank in Laguna Hills in May, a Citi Bank in Laguna Hills in July and another Citi Bank in Lake Forest, also in July.

The FBI has dubbed the man the Hills Bandit due to the earlier cases.

He might also be described as the pro football fan bandit -- in each of his robberies, he has worn a hat either with a Raiders or Chargers logo.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the FBI, Carlsbad Police Department, Orange County Sheriff's Department or San Diego County Crime Stoppers line.

For news as it happens in San Diego County and Southern California, follow Tony Perry on Twitter: @LATsandiego.

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