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Suspect Gives Panhandler $200 After Robbing Credit Union in Mission Valley


Crime scene tape
Crime scene tape. Courtesy FBI

A man robbed a credit union in Mission Valley Friday, then gave a panhandler $200, police said.

The robbery occurred at 5:30 p.m. at the Navy Federal Credit Union branch at 8660 Rio San Diego Drive.

The man used a demand note to rob the credit union of an undisclosed amount of cash, San Diego Police Officer Darius Jamsetjee said.

A tracking device from the bank led officers to a man in the area of the robbery who was in possession of some of the stolen cash, Jamsetjee said.

The panhandler said a man approached him while he was holding a sign asking for spare change and asked, “Hey buddy, do you need some money?” and said “Here’s a couple hundred bucks,” and then gave him  the money, NBC7 reported.

The suspect is described by police as a man in his 50s, 6 feet  tall, weighing about 200 pounds with gray hair. He is clean shaven and has tattoos on his neck.

NBC 7 reported that based on the suspect description, police believe the same man may also have robbed be the San Diego County Credit Union branch in Mission Valley Tuesday.

The FBI is also investigating the robberies.


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