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Cotton Ball Bandit Strikes Again at San Rafael Bank

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A serial bank robber in Marin County dubbed the “Cotton Ball Bandit” held up another bank Wednesday morning in San Rafael, police said. The suspect, named for his brown winter-knit beanie with earflaps and a “cotton ball” sewn on the top, has committed six other bank robberies throughout the county since December 2012, according to San Rafael police Cpl. Justin Graham.

Around 9:15 a.m. on Wednesday, the suspect held up the Redwood Credit Union at the Montecito Plaza Shopping Center, Graham said. The suspect got away with an undisclosed amount of money. No weapon was seen and no one was injured in the robbery, Graham said.

The suspect is described as a medium build white man with unshaven gray stubble on his face, between 40 and 45 years old and standing about 5 feet 10 inches tall. He has been captured on video surveillance wearing a dark knit cap, a pink T-shirt, a black jacket, and black jeans with holes in the knees. San Rafael police are working with the Central Marin Police Authority, the county sheriff’s office and the FBI to identify the suspect, police said.

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