Robbery reported at California Bank Trust in La Jolla

By City News Service

A retirement-age thief who claimed to be carrying a grenade threatened a teller Monday while robbing a La Jolla bank.

The bandit, described by witnesses as an “elderly” 6-foot-tall man, handed a demand note to a teller at the California Bank & Trust in the 1100 block of Wall Street shortly after 9:30 a.m., according to San Diego police.

The man, who was wearing a hat and some type of mask over his face, told a cashier he would shoot her if she put an anti-theft exploding dye pack in his loot, though no gun was seen, SDPD Lt. Andra Brown said.

Before fleeing, the robber placed something underneath a floor mat at the public entrance to the bank, claiming it was a grenade, Brown said. The object turned out to be harmless.

The thief fled the area on foot, toward Ivanhoe Avenue.