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Three San Diego banks robbed in quick succession

A heavyset woman in blue jeans and a sun hat is believed to have robbed a Mission Valley bank and an East County credit union in less than an hour Monday before making an aborted attempt to rob an Oak Park-area bank about 20 minutes later, authorities said.

The first heist took place at a Wells Fargo branch office in the 5600 block of Mission Center Road about 9:45 a.m., according to the FBI. The thief, described as an overweight woman in her mid- to late 20s or early 30s, fled with an undisclosed amount of cash.

About 50 minutes later, a similar-looking woman robbed a Mission Federal Credit Union office in the 3800 block of Avocado Boulevard in Rancho San Diego, the federal agency reported.

Just before 11 a.m., a female robber of the same description demanded cash from a teller at a Chase Bank in the 3400 block of College Avenue, but suddenly turned around and walked off before the employee was able to comply, according to the FBI.

Witnesses described the thief in all three cases as an approximately 5-foot-9-inch, 150- to 180-pound white woman with shoulder-length blond hair. She was carrying a black purse and wearing blue jeans, a purple-checked blouse with a white collar, a black sweater with the lowercase letters “sd” or “sp” on the front, a “floppy” light-colored hat, square sunglasses with white frames and some type of tape on her fingertips.

During each of the robberies, she handed a demand note to a cashier and claimed to have a gun, though none was seen.

Officials asked anyone with information on the bandit’s identity to call San Diego County Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477. Tipsters may remain anonymous and could be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.