Authorities Friday released video snippets of a serial bank robber believed to have carried out three heists in northern San Diego County and two in Orange County over the last several months.
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Investigators hope the footage will help them generate leads from the public on the identity of the thief, dubbed the "Dying Son Bandit" due to his habit of apologizing to the tellers he victimizes while claiming he needs money to pay for his terminally ill son's medical bills, said Orange County sheriff's spokesman Jim Amormino.
On New Year's Eve, the robber went to a Citibank office in the 4100 block of Oceanside Boulevard and told employees he wanted to open an account for his cancer-stricken son, Amormino said. He then informed tellers it was a stickup, but abruptly changed his mind and left.
About an hour later, he went to a Bank of America branch on the same Oceanside thoroughfare and robbed it, Amormino said.
The same man is believed to have held up a California Bank and Trust branch in the 100 block of Saxony Road in Encinitas on Dec. 16 and a Navy Federal Credit Union in the 1800 block of Marron Road in Carlsbad on Nov. 14.
On Thursday, he robbed a U.S. Bank branch in the 33600 block of Del Obispo Road in Dana Point about 2 p.m., and about an hour later hit a Citibank branch in the 23500 block of El Toro Road in Lake Forest, according to the FBI.
The thief is described as a thin, roughly 5-foot-8-inch white man in his mid-40s. During this week's holdups, he was unshaven and wearing a T- shirt, sunglasses and baseball cap, and carrying a leather-bound notebook.
Anyone with information about the robber's identity or whereabouts was asked to call 1-800-TIP-OCCS.
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