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Man Robs Bank in Carlsbad with Burlap Sack on Head

The "scarecrow bandit" robbed the Chase Bank on Avenida Encinas at about 6 p.m., Thursday.

Photo Credit: Bill Richmond
Photo Credit: Bill Richmond

Authorities were on the lookout today for a man who disguised his face by wearing a brown burlap sack with eye holes cut into it while robbing a Carlsbad bank.

The robber -- dubbed the "Scarecrow Bandit" because of his mask -- entered the Chase Bank branch office at 7176 Avenida Encinas around 6 p.m. Thursday, according to Carlsbad police and the FBI. He demanded cash from a teller and fled on foot with an undisclosed amount, police said in a statement, adding no weapon was seen.

In addition to the unusual mask, the robber wore mirrored sunglasses, a gray hooded sweatshirt with stripes and tan cargo-style pants, police said. He was described as white, in his mid to late 20s, 5 feet 8 with a medium athletic build.

—City News Service

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