`Tootsie Bandit’ gets nearly eight years for two bank heists

SAN DIEGO (CNS) – A cross-dressing bank robber dubbed the “Tootsie Bandit” because he wore a wig, sunglasses and makeup during one of three holdups was sentenced Wednesday to nearly eight in state prison.

Robert Deon Tyndall II, 56, pleaded guilty last month to robbery and attempted robbery charges.

Judge Robert F. O'Neill handed down the seven-year, eight-month term and ordered Tyndall to pay restitution of more than $72,000.

Deputy District Attorney Dennis Panish said Tyndall dressed like a woman and robbed the Inland Federal Credit Union in El Cajon last July 16.

In that holdup, Tyndall simulated a gun and got away with $66,000, the prosecutor said.

Panish said Tyndall also tried to rob a Comerica Bank branch in the Point Loma area on Jan. 24.

In that robbery, the suspect said he had a gun but left when the bank manager refused to let him into a bank office, the prosecutor said.

Panish said Tyndall also robbed a Torrey Pines Bank branch in Kearny Mesa on Feb. 1.

In that holdup, Tyndall displayed what looked like a revolver with a long barrel, threatened to shoot anyone who turned around and got away with more than $6,000, according to the prosecutor.

A subsequent search of Tyndall's Hillcrest residence turned up more than $4,000, but the rest of the stolen money is unaccounted for and no gun has been recovered, Panish said.

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