Crime News: Hills Bandit attempts to rob bank in La Jolla; Weekly police blotter


— Hills Bandit attempts to rob Union Bank in Village of La Jolla

A bank robber known as the Hills Bandit struck banks in La Jolla and Laguna Hills on Monday, Sept. 8, 2014, the FBI said.

He is now suspected of nine robberies and attempted robberies in San Diego and Orange counties since May. Laguna Hills has been his favorite target, hence his nickname.

In both Sept. 8 incidents, he wore a red Anaheim Angels baseball cap. In other robberies he has worn a San Diego Chargers or Titleist cap. Each time he has passed a demand note to a teller, claiming to have a weapon, but none was seen.

The Hills Bandit is described by witnesses as a white male in his 40s, 5-foot, 6-inches tall and about 150 pounds. Surveillance photos show him wearing a red cap, dark polo shirt and glasses.

On Sept. 8, he attempted to rob the Union Bank at 7807 Girard Ave. in La Jolla. The teller refused the demand and the suspect fled on foot with no money. He then robbed a Wells Fargo Bank in Laguna Hills. Other robberies have occurred in San Diego, Laguna Niguel, Carlsbad, Lake Forest and three times in Laguna Hills.

Anyone with information is asked to call the FBI at (858) 320-1800 or (310) 477-6565, or Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.


• Sept. 2, 2014

Commercial burglary, 2200 block Torrey Pines Road, 12:25 a.m.

Residential burglary, 5300 block La Jolla Boulevard, 10:30 p.m.

• Sept. 3

Vandalism (less than $400), 1000 block Van Nuys Street, 6:05 p.m.

• Sept. 5

Vehicle break-in/theft, 7600 block Eads Avenue, 5:30 p.m.

Vehicle break-in/theft, 7700 block Fay Avenue, 11 p.m.

• Sept. 6

Vehicle break-in/theft, 9600 block Black Gold Road, 3:45 p.m.

• Sept. 7

Vehicle break-in/theft, 8300 block Camino Del Oro, 2 p.m.

— To report a non-emergency crime: Contact the San Diego Police Department’s Northern Division, which serves the neighborhoods of La Jolla, Torrey Pines and University City:

• Phone: (858) 552-1700

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