San Diego police are asking for the public’s help in apprehending serial thieves who have robbed more than a dozen businesses in the last three months.
Dubbed the “No boundary bandits,” series, the thefts started in August and involve three men and possibly more than one woman, robbery Lt. Kevin Ammon said.
Sixteen cases have been tallied in San Diego so far and agencies from Oceanside to Chula Vista have reported similar robberies, Ammon said.
In some cases a woman would go into a business while talking on a cell phone, make some kind of inquiry of the employees and then leave.
She would soon be followed by two men armed with handguns who would demand cash from the register and the safe. In some of the thefts the men would come into the stores alone, Ammon said.
The men are all described as black and between 20 and 30 years old.
The first suspect was said to be 5 feet 8 to 5 feet 10 inches tall with a stocky build, a light complexion and green or hazel eyes. He wears a dark hooded sweat shirt or baseball cap and has used a bandana or towel over his head as a disguise.
The second man was said to dark-skinned and between 5 feet 10 to 6 feet tall and thin. He has worn a black hooded sweat shirt and dark pants.
The third man has a medium build and complexion, is about 5 feet 10 to 6 feet 2 inches tall and has a mustache and acne scars. He has worn a black baseball cap, large sunglasses with red frames, dark pants and shoes, Ammon said.
One of the women captured on camera was black, 16 to 25 years old, 5 feet 3 to 5 feet 5 inches tall with a muscular build. She wore her hair in a ponytail on the side with bangs.
The men were armed with black semi-auto handguns. A small dark compact car was seen in one of the thefts.
Anyone with information is asked to call robbery detectives at (619) 531-2299 or Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477 where callers may remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward up to $1000 for information leading to an arrest in this case.