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Union Bank of California Robbed On Foot

by The Editors on March 12, 2008

A man described by police as a bearded “light-skinned black man, about 6 feet 2 inches tall and 130 to 140 pounds. . . was wearing a dark blue baseball cap, a gray T-shirt over a light blue T-shirt and blue jeans,” when he robbed the Union Bank of California at 7140 Avenida Encinas at 6:07 p.m. last night (Tuesday March 12, 2008). He reportedly:

handed a teller a note demanding money, Lt. Matt Margo said. The teller gave the man an undisclosed amount of cash, and he left on foot. Police checked the area but were unable to locate the robber.

This is the 11th Carlsbad bank robbery we have counted in the past 10 months.

[Link: North County Times]


Man Robs Bank With Skateboard

by The Editors on February 8, 2008

On Thursday evening, February 7, 2008 a “white man about 25 years old and 180 pounds, with dark hair and a thin goatee” rolled his longboard skateboard into the Bank of America in the 7700 Block of El Camino Real and handed the teller a note and a bag.

The note advised the teller that the suspect had a gun, though no gun was seen, Blackburn said.. . . The teller complied with the suspect’s orders to put money in the bag; the suspect then took off north through the parking lot, the sergeant said.

Looks like bank robbery is still rocking in Carlsbadistan.

[Link: North County Times]

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Another Carlsbad Bank of America Robbed

by The Editors on December 3, 2007

According to a story on, a man walked into the Bank of America on Loker Avenue West Saturday morning December 1, “showed a handgun and asked for money from a teller.”

Police said the man left and got into the passenger’s side of a silver, four-door Nissan with covered license plates. . . The vehicle was last seen heading east on Palomar Airport Road.

Bank robbery: such a nice way to kick off a day of holiday shopping. It must make those difficult gift decisions so much easier.



Old Codger Robs Carlsbad Bank

by The Editors on November 15, 2007

Bank NoteWe’re thinking of creating the Carlsbadistan Bank Robbery Tote Board, just so we can more easily keep track of all the bank robberies in our quaint little village (this is number six in six months).

Today’s perp was described as a white, 60-year-old man, 5 feet 10, about 160 pounds wearing glasses, a white shirt, and blue jeans.

The man entered the [California Bank and Trust] branch on Carlsbad Village Drive near Madison Street about 10:45 a.m. After the teller gave him the money, the robber ran away. No weapon was seen.

Though we find it hard to believe that he ran all that fast. He was 60.

[Link: San Diego Union Tribune]


Man Robs Ralphs Grocery Bank

by The Editors on September 28, 2007

Hey look, another Carlsbad bank was robbed yesterday at 3:40 PM. This time it was the Union Bank of California that is located inside the Ralphs at Avenida Encinas. The man asked for cash and:

The teller handed over the cash and the robber escaped after running south through the parking lot. He was described as black, in his mid-30s, 5 feet 11 inches tall, of medium build, with his hair in dreadlocks. He wore dark pants, a gray sweat shirt and sunglasses and carried a dark backpack.

The man walked with less than $1000 in cash. Though police “searched the area for almost an hour” with the help of the San Diego County Sheriff helicopter they did not find him. This is the fifth Carlsbad bank robbery since May.

[Link: San Diego Union Tribune]


Carlsbad Citibank Robbed With Note

by The Editors on September 18, 2007

Yesterday (September 17) at 12:50 PM the Citibank at 1810 Marron Road was robbed by a young man with a note “demanding money,” according to a story in the North County Times. Apparently, it’s that easy.

The suspect, who is believed to be in his twenties, was seen leaving the area in a white Toyota truck, police said. He was wearing sunglasses and a baseball cap. A second suspect was seen in the Toyota but police didn’t have many details about his appearance, officers said.

That “hat and glasses” disguise seems extremely popular. This is the fourth Carlsbad bank robbery we’ve linked to since May.

[Link: North County Times]


Another Carlsbad Bank Robbed

by The Editors on July 16, 2007

The Mission Federal Credit Union branch office on Jefferson Street was robbed Monday shortly after 9:30 AM when a six feet tall 250 pound white man who appeared to be in his late 40 or early 50s approached a teller and said, “This is a robbery.”

After the employee handed over an undisclosed amount of cash, the thief left the bank and ran off to the north, according to investigators.

This is the third Carlsbad Village bank robbery in the last two months. Must be our lovely downtown’s easy freeway access.



Navy Federal Credit Union Robbed

by The Editors on December 30, 2008

Union Bank of California wasn’t the only Carlsbadistan bank robbery today. According to a story in the North County Times a man with a gun robbed the Navy Federal Credit Union at 1824 Marron Road.

The man armed with a handgun entered the bank about 6:15 p.m. and demanded money from a teller, the dispatcher said. Witnesses said the man ran away and they did not see a car. . . . A preliminary description of the suspect indicated only that he was a black man, about 5 feet 10 inches tall, wearing blue jeans and a black jacket, the dispatcher said.

What, is everyone trying to get this money in on their 2008 taxes or what?

[Link: North County Times]


101 Bandit Pleads Guilty In San Francisco

by The Editors on August 25, 2008

Eli Cheney, 65, is a chauffeur driver from Napa, California, but last year between June and December he robbed 20 banks from Carlsbad to Fairfield and earned the nickname the 101 Bandit. And today he plead guilty.

Cheney is scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 20 before U.S. District Judge Marilyn Hall Patel in San Francisco. Each count of bank robbery carries a potential sentence of up to 20 years and a fine of $250,000.

When he robbed the Calfornia Bank and Trust on Carlsbad Village drive we called him the Old Coger Robber. Looks like he could be out by the time he’s 75.

[Link: Marin Independent Journal]


La Costa Washington Mutual Robbed

by The Editors on April 25, 2008

The Carlsbad bank robbery spree continued on Thursday April 24, 2008 at 9:10 AM as a “6-foot-3 thin white male wearing a white tank top” knocked off the Washington Mutual at 6985 El Camino Real. He “demanded money but did not display a weapon, police said.”

And, as usual, he got away.

[Link: San Diego Union-Tribune]