Police: Bagel Store Robberies May Be Linked

Surveillance Footage From Sept. 8 Robbery Released

Authorities asked the public Friday for help in identifying a man responsible for a series of armed robberies at San Diego-area bagel shops, including a holdup during which he fired a shot toward a security guard.

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Investigators believe the same person carried out the five heists at three local Einstein Bros. locations, according to police.

While carrying out the most recent holdup, which occurred last week, the bandit shot a gun in the direction of a security officer inside the business, causing no injuries, police said. In June, during the first robbery in the spree, the crook shoved and kicked an employee.

10News obtained surveillance footage of a robbery that took place September 8 at an Einstein Bros. Bagels store in the 5600 block of Mission Center Road. In the footage, three employees are seen rushing to fill a bag with money at around 5 a.m. because a hooded man with a covered face is pointing a gun at them.

In the video, the robber enters the building and takes out a gun, startling employees. The robber then demands cash and eventually forces four employees into a backroom.

The robber, believed to be 5 feet 7 inches to 6 feet tall, with a medium build, leads staff members through the kitchen to the backroom, before making one worker get on her knees and pointing a gun at the back of her neck.

After he gets his money, he runs off.

Police have no detailed description of the thief. During most of the crimes, he has worn a hooded jacket or sweat shirt, blue jeans and a bandana or ski mask over his face.

The dates and locations of the robberies are:

-- June 12 and Sept. 13, 5650 Balboa Ave., San Diego -- July 27, 911 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Solana Beach -- Aug. 22 and Sept. 8, 5638 Mission Center Road, San Diego

Anyone with information about the holdups is asked 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.

No one has been seriously injured in any of the five robberies.

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