'Hills Bandit' bank robber sought

SAN DIEGO - Authorities are searching for a man wanted in several bank robberies in Southern California, the most recent of which occurred in La Jolla.

The suspect, known as the “Hills Bandit” is believed responsible for at least six bank robberies in Carlsbad, Laguna Hills, Lake Forest, Laguna Niguel and La Jolla going back to May 16.

The FBI reports that latest robbery occurred at 12:20 p.m. Monday at the California Bank and Trust at 4320 La Jolla Village Dr. The suspect gave the teller a demand note and threatened that he had a gun and would shoot everyone, although no weapon was scene.

A similar robbery occurred Aug. 22 at the same time at the Wells Fargo Bank at 30160 Town Center Dr. in Laguna Niguel.

Surveillance photos have been released. The man is described as white, between 40 and 50 years of age, 5-foot-6 to 6-foot tall and weighing 180 pounds. He wears glasses and a baseball hat. A silver vehicle was seen at two of the robberies.

He is considered armed and dangerous.

Anyone with information should contact the FBI at 858-320-1800.

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