Jul 24, 2013 8:12 PM by April Hansen, KSBY News

Man arrested on suspicion of robbing SLO bank

Police say a man walked into the Bank of America on Santa Rosa Street in San Luis Obispo just before 12:30 p.m. this afternoon and demanded money.

Police found and arrested the man they say is responsible for the robbery.

He's been identified as 38-year-old Andrew Gilbertson.

Police say he is from Paso Robles.

Police say around three this afternoon the Atascadero Police Department found Gilbertson on El Camino Real.

Police say they found evidence from the robbery in Gilbertson's car.

It included the note he had handed the teller, the cash and his disguise.

Captain Christopher Staley with the San Luis Obispo Police Department says officers responded to an alarm that was set off at the bank.

Gilbertson approached a teller and demanded money.

"I think when he walked into the bank his appearance was suspicious because usually when people walk in wearing hats, glasses with a lot of facial hair typically is not what you see especially the hair that looked almost fake to the teller when she saw him approach," said Captain Christopher Staley, San Luis Obispo Police Department.

Captain Staley says the FBI was called in to investigate.

This is the sixth bank robbery in the county since June.

This is not the first time that Bank of America has been robbed.

On December 2, 2011, a prolific bank robber known as the geezer bandit struck.

Police say he handed the teller a note asking for cash and displayed a handgun, but he dropped the money in the parking lot when a dye pack inside the bag exploded.

The geezer bandit ran off and has never been caught.

Wednesday's robbery in San Luis Obispo marks the sixth on the Central Coast since the beginning of June.

On June 7, a Bank of America in Atascadero was robbed.

Steven Celaya, 32, of San Luis Obispo turned himself in for that crime and a robbery in May.

Then on June 18, the Wells Fargo in Paso Robles was robbed, and on June 25, the Citibank in Atascadero was robbed.

No one has been arrested for those crimes.

On June 27, a robber known as the central coast bandit struck the Coast Hills Federal Credit Union in Nipomo.

She's also suspected of a robbery at the Golden 1 Credit Union in Paso Robles on July 16.

She is also still on the loose.



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