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July Kicks Off With A Bank Robbery

by The Editors on July 3, 2010

The people in dark masks, hooded sweatshirts “claimed to be armed” while robbing the Carlsbad Citi bank at 1810 Marron Rd. on Thursday, July 1, 2010, according to a story in The Coast News.

Carlsbad Police responded to the scene and located a vehicle, abandoned with the motor still running, behind the Marshall’s Store, which is located in the same shopping center. It was discovered that this vehicle had been reported as stolen from the Los Angeles area. The surrounding area was searched by a police K-9 and other officers, however the suspects were not located.

We haven’t had a bank robbery since March and it was at the same bank. In fact, the Citibank on Marron Rd has been robbed at least three times in the past three years. Seems to be a favorite with the bad guys.

[Link: The Coast News]

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Man Arrested For Carlsbad Bank Robbery

by The Editors on January 22, 2009

Charles Hollingsworth, 48, of Vista who is suspected of robbing the Wachovia Bank on El Camino Real at 10:45 AM January 21, 2008 was soon arrested in Vista with a “truck full of money,” according to a story in the North County Times.

The robber passed a note to a teller demanding large bills with no dye packs and stating that he had a weapon, though witnesses saw no weapon, Eppel said. The teller gave the man an unknown amount of money and he left, heading north on El Camino Real in a white Ford F150 pickup truck. . . .Shortly after the robbery, an officer spotted a truck and driver who matched the description going north on Merlose Drive, Eppel said. The officer followed the truck into Vista, where he and other officers pulled it over and approached with guns drawn.

Hollingworth later had a “medical problem” and was transported to Tri-Ctiy Medical Center. This is one bank robbery that did not pan out. Nice work by the Police.

[Link: North County Times]

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Former Cop Arrested For Carlsbad Bank Robbery

by The Editors on November 3, 2008

Zab49D5F919E534Ba882574F6005A47DeFrank Holder, 61, a retired Pamona, California police sergeant who was known as “The Grandpa Bandit” was arrested Wednesday after a bank robbery in Rancho Cucamonga, according to a story in the North County Times.

Earlier this year, FBI officials in San Diego blamed the Grandpa Bandit for four North County robberies since 2007: two in Escondido, one in Carlsbad and one committed in San Marcos during the 2007 wildfires.

It’s always sad when cops go bad.

[Link: North County Times]

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Carlsbad Bank Robber Skates Away

by The Editors on October 17, 2012

The US Bank on Carlsbad Village Drive near Jefferson was robbed yesterday (October 16, 2012) by a man on a skateboard, according to a story in the North County Times.

The robber told the bank teller he had a gun, although no one saw the weapon during the robbery, which happened about 2:30 p.m. at the U.S. Bank on Carlsbad Village Drive near Jefferson Street, Sgt. Greg White said. . . The robber was gone when police arrived.

As numerous commenter have pointed out: is it really that easy to rob a bank? Guess so.

[Link: North County Times]

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Armed Man Robs Carlsbad Citibank

by The Editors on March 12, 2010

At 9:50 AM today (March 12, 2010) a Latino about 5 feet 10 inches tall and 150 to 160 pounds handed a demand note to a teller at the Citibank near the intersection of Marron Road at Jefferson St. and robbed the place, according to a story in the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Witnesses reported seeing a handgun tucked into the waistband of his jeans. . . The robber was seen getting into a dark-colored, full-sized, lifted truck with off-road tires. Police searched the area but were unable to find the vehicle.

We believe this to be the first reported bank robbery of the new year. He probably needed to buy new monster truck tires. Those things are expensive.

[Link: San Diego Union-Tribune]

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Half As Many Carlsbad Bank Robberies In 2008

by The Editors on January 14, 2009

According to reports from the FBI there were actually four less bank robbery incidents in Carlsbadistan in 2008 than in 2007, according to a story in the North County Times.

Carlsbad saw the most significant decrease in robberies in 2008 —- just seven heists compared to 15 the year before. . . .”Of those 15, five of them were by one bank robber, the ‘Impatient Bandit,'” said Carlsbad crime analyst Fiona Everett. “Right there, if you just eliminate that one guy, then we’re almost even, with 10 in 2007 and seven in 2008.”

Still seems like a lot to us.

[Link: North County Times]

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A Third Union Bank Of California Robbed

by The Editors on December 30, 2008

Since we started keeping track (May 2007) three Carlsbadistan Union Bank of Californias have been robbed. The most recent bank robbery was this morning (December 30, 2008) when, according to a report in the San Diego Union-Tribune, a man handed a note demanding money to a teller at the branch on El Camino Real near Aviara Parkway.

Employees at the bank on El Camino Real near Aviara Parkway set off an alarm at 10:27 a.m. They described the robber as a white man, 45 to 50 years old, 5 feet 10 inches tall, 200 pounds , and wearing a dark jacket and black baseball cap.

Apparently, Carlsbad’s finest are on the case.

[Link: San Diego Union-Tribune]

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US Bank Fake Gun Robber Gets Grabbed

by The Editors on August 18, 2008

After a string of Carlsbad bank robberies where it seemed like pretty much anyone could get away with it, we now present Murrel Vailes, 30, of San Diego.

After jumping over the teller counter at the US Bank on Carlsbad Village Drive with a fake gun at approximately 9:30 AM, Vailes fled the scene in a green Lexus. But he didn’t get far.

An officer responding to an emergency call about the heist spotted a man matching the description of the thief driving a green Lexus onto southbound Interstate 5, according to Eppel. . . .The patrolman pulled over the driver, later identified as 30-year-old Murrel Vailes, and took him into custody. Cash believed to have been stolen during the robbery was lying on the front passenger’s side floor area of the car, Eppel said.

Congrats to Carlsbadistan’s finest for stopping Mr. Vailes in his bank robbery tracks. Getting your man is always good.

[Link: 10news.com]

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Premium Robbery At Outlet Mall

by The Editors on July 26, 2008

The driver of a limo-van who had just dropped people off at Legoland and the Carlsbad Premium Outlet Mall Friday night July 25, 2008 was bound and robbed at gun-point by a black man 20-30 years old, medium build 5 feet 8 inches tall, according to a story in the San Diego Union-Tribune.

The driver had dropped other customers from Los Angeles at LegoLand before going to the outlet mall. As he waited, a man walked up to him, pointed a pistol at him and ordered him into the back of the van, Sgt Keith Blackburn said. . . . The gunman bound the victim’s ankles and wrists with plastic zip-ties. He took the victim’s bank teller machine card, ordered him to reveal his secret code, and drove him to several banks over the next hour.

The limo driver was dropped back off at the outlet mall where a passerby was able to free him from his Zip ties. No one was hurt and it wasn’t clear how much money the robber got. That sort of thing is not supposed to happen here. Seriously.

[Link: San Diego Union-Tribune]

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Morning Sword Robbery At ATM

by The Editors on April 23, 2008

A ski mask-wearing bandit wielding a “small sword” robbed a man at the ATM of the Washington Mutual Bank Branch at 699 Grand Ave. at 6:30 AM yesterday in the VIllage of Carlsbadistan.

The victim withdrew $100 from the Washington Mutual Bank branch at 699 Grand shortly before 6:30 a.m. and was accosted by the robber, said Carlsbad police Lt. Jay Eppel. . . .The man demanded the cash as he threatened the victim with the sword, and the victim complied, Eppel said.

The robber was described as white, about 30 to 40 years old, 5 feet 10 inches tall, wearing a dark-colored hooded sweat shirt and baggy jeans.

The robber ran away and the robbery victim was not injured.

[Link: 10news.com and The San Diego Union-Tribune]

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