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Elderly Gunman Sticks Up La Jolla Bank

Police investigate whether same man involved in 4 other robberies

By ERIC S. PAGE

NBC SAN DIEGO

Police are investigating whether the gunman is the same person wanted for a series of bank robberies.

According to investigators, the robber, who may be in his 70s, walked into the Bank of America near the intersection of Girard Avenue and Kline Street at about 7 p.m. on Monday. He showed a gun to the teller, then demanded cash, police said.

Authorities did not say how much money the man got away with in the robbery.

Detectives are trying to determine if the gunman is same crook involved in a series of robberies around the county. Witnesses said the man who committed the robbery Monday was 6 feet 2 inches tall, had long hair, and was wearing a baseball cap, a blue blazer and several layer of clothing.

The FBI said holdup man in the previous robberies may be between 60 and 70 is responsible for stickups at four banks in Rancho Santa Fe, Santee, La Jolla and Carmel Mountain Ranch. That man was carrying an oxygen tank during some of the robberies.

There have been a slew of bizarre bank robberies recently, including a series allegedly involving a Poway mom in a minivan and another that also allegedly involved an elderly man.