'Tootsie Bandit' busted in SoCal dragnet

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SAN DIEGO, Feb. 5 (UPI) -- An alleged cross-dressing bank robber who was dubbed the "Tootsie Bandit" was in jail Saturday, authorities in San Diego said.

Robert Tyndall, 56, of San Diego, was picked up without incident at his home by the FBI and police officers from San Diego and neighboring El Cajon.


Tyndall allegedly took a cue from the classic 1982 Dustin Hoffman comedy "Tootsie" by donning a blond wig, scoop-neck blouse and what the Los Angeles Times described as "fashionable boots" while knocking over three banks since July.

Investigators said they recovered allegedly stolen cash and the suspected getaway vehicle at Tyndall's residence.

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