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Elderly bank robber strikes in San Diego County again

October 10, 2009 |  9:50 am


A man described as in his 70s robbed a U.S. Bank branch inside a Vons supermarket in the Carmel Valley neighborhood of San Diego on Friday, police said.

It was the fourth bank robbery in recent weeks in which the robber was a man of advancing years.

On Aug. 29, a robber in his 70s struck the U.S. Bank in Santee. On Sept. 11, a robber in his 70s, with an oxygen tank on his back, robbed a San Diego National Bank branch in La Jolla.

And on Sept. 14, a man with a cane and claiming to have a bomb in his briefcase robbed the Bank of America branch in the City Heights neighborhood. Arrested moments later, Michael Casey Wilson, 69, has admitted the crime to reporters but pleaded not guilty in court. He said he needed the money to pay his mortgage.

In Friday's robbery, the man handed a teller a demand note and said he had a gun, although none was seen. He escaped with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Friday's suspect may also be responsible for the La Jolla and Santee robberies, officials said.

-- Tony Perry in San Diego

Photo: Security camera photo of the bank robber at U.S. Bank in Carmel Valley. Credit: San Diego County Crimestoppers