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A San Diego bank was robbed Monday in what police believe to be the eighth robbery by the same man since mid-October, a police spokesman said.

Bill Robinson of the San Diego police said a man demanded cash from a teller about 1:15 p.m. Monday at the San Diego Trust and Savings Bank in the 500 block of Laurel Street. The robber claimed he had a gun in a brown bag wrapped around his hand, the teller said.

The teller handed over about $3,000 and the robber fled, Robinson said.

Through photographs provided by bank surveillance equipment, police have reason to believe that the same man has robbed seven other banks in the San Diego area since Oct. 17, Robinson said.

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Friday, a robber entered the Great American Savings in the 1700 block of Garnet Avenue in Pacific Beach wearing a letter carrier’s uniform. He said he had a gun inside a paper bag that was wrapped around his hand, and made off with $878, Robinson said.

The robber is described as white, 35 to 40 years old, 5 feet 10 inches, with a thin build.

The CrimeStoppers organization is offering as much as $1,000 for information leading to the man’s arrest, Robinson said. The phone number is 235-TIPS.


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