Crime

SLO bank robber is sex offender from Paso Robles, police say

An image taken from surveillance video shows a man who robbed the Bank of America branch in downtown San Luis Obispo on Wednesday, July 24, 2013, according to San Luis Obispo police.
An image taken from surveillance video shows a man who robbed the Bank of America branch in downtown San Luis Obispo on Wednesday, July 24, 2013, according to San Luis Obispo police. San Luis Obispo Police Department

A sex offender from Paso Robles has been arrested for allegedly robbing a Bank of America in San Luis Obispo on Wednesday afternoon.

Police detained 38-year-old Andrew Gilbertson on the 7400 block of El Camino Real in Atascadero less than three hours after the robbery at 1105 Higuera St. in San Luis Obispo, in which a man wearing a green disposable glove showed a note demanding money to a bank teller around 12:20 p.m., according to a news release by the San Luis Obispo Police Department.

No weapon was displayed or mentioned to the teller by the suspect, who fled the bank with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Dispatches after the incident described the robber as a man with long brown hair and a goatee, wearing a blue baseball hat with the letters “LA”, a black jacket and a pink child’s backpack.

With assistance from the San Luis Obispo County Probation Department, police were able to positively identify the suspect as Gilbertson and provide a description of his vehicle.

Gilbertson has an “extensive criminal history,” said Lt. John Bledsoe of the San Luis Obispo Police Department.

He's listed in the California Megan's Law sex offender registry as having been convicted of sexual battery.

When Gilbertson was detained, detectives located the vehicle he had been driving, along with evidence from the bank robbery: cash, the note, and the clothing matching the suspect’s description.

This investigation is ongoing, and the FBI is assisting to determine whether Gilbertson has been involved in any other bank robberies.

This was the eighth bank robbery reported in San Luis Obispo County this year, according to previous Tribune reports.

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