A San Diego police cruiser. Photo by Chris Stone
A San Diego police cruiser. Photo by Chris Stone

An unidentified man who has carried out a spree of armed bank robberies in Linda Vista, Clairemont and the Midway area in recent weeks — two of them on the same day — struck again over the weekend, authorities reported Monday.

The thief committed the series of holdups at a Bank of America branch on Ulric Street and a US Bank on Genesee Avenue, both on Dec. 21; at a Wells Fargo on Clairemont Drive on Jan. 5; and at a US Bank on Midway Drive on Jan. 8 and again Sunday, according to San Diego police.

During several of the crimes, he had a bag over one of his hands and gestured with it as if he was clutching a concealed gun, prompting investigators to dub him the “Bag Trick Bandit.”

The perpetrator is described as a thin, roughly 6-foot-tall white man in his 30s with “dirty blond” hair, a tattoo on one of his legs and possibly another on his neck. He generally has donned sunglasses and worn a hooded sweatshirt during the heists.

Anyone with information about the robberies is asked to call San Diego County Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477 or contact the agency online at sdcrimestoppers.org. Tipsters may remain anonymous and could be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

–City News Service