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San Diego man arrested in 'Tootsie Bandit' bank robberies

February 4, 2011 |  6:56 pm

Tootsie1 A 56-year-old San Diego man was arrested Friday on suspicion of robbing three banks -- called the "Tootsie Bandit" series because in one case the robber was thought to be a man dressed in women's clothing, including a scoop-neck blouse, necklace, blond wig and padded bra.

Robert Deon Tyndall II was arrested without incident by San Diego and El Cajon police and FBI agents at his apartment in the Hillcrest neighborhood of San Diego. Money from the robberies, and a truck identified by witnesses as the getaway vehicle, were recovered, police said.

Tyndall will be charged with robbing the Inland Federal Credit Union in El Cajon on July 16, the Comerica Bank in San Diego on Jan. 24 and the Torrey Pines Bank in San Diego on Feb. 1.

In the El Cajon robbery, witnesses said the thief was a man, about 5-foot-8, 180 pounds, dressed as a woman and wearing fashionable black boots. In the two San Diego robberies, the robber was described as a man.

"Tootsie" is a reference to the 1982 movie starring Dustin Hoffman as an out-of-work actor who masquerades as a woman to get a role in a TV soap opera.

-- Tony Perry in San Diego

Photo: Bank robber caught on surveillance camera at the Inland Federal Credit Union in El Cajon in July. Credit: FBI