Bank’s 1st Visitor of Day Flees With $5,000

The first customer of the day robbed Imperial Savings of $5,000 on Tuesday, according to San Diego Police Department Spokesman Bill Robinson.

Robinson said a man wearing a bandana walked into the branch at 5125 Waring St. at 9:20 a.m., shortly after the bank opened. He went behind the tellers’ cage, displayed a large black revolver, and took $5,000 from three tellers.

The robber then tucked the gun into his waistband and walked past a woman customer who was entering the bank. He was last seen running east on Waring, Robinson said.


Robinson described the robber as a white male about 25 years old, 6 feet tall and weighing 200 pounds. He was wearing a sweat shirt and blue jogging pants.

He is believed to be the same man who robbed the Home Federal Bank at 6902 Navajo Road on May 2, Robinson said.

In an unrelated incident Tuesday, the Bank of America branch at 737 University Ave. was robbed of $542.

Robinson said a man wearing a baseball cap entered the bank at 10:35 a.m. and gave a teller a note reading, “Give me your money or you die.”

The teller placed money into a bag and gave it to the man, who then fled through the south entrance of the bank.

Robinson described the robber as a white male, 6 feet 1, about 160 pounds, with black hair. He was wearing tan pants, a medium- to dark-color jacket and sunglasses.