Cross-Dressing CU ‘Tootsie Bandit’ Changes Into Prison Jumpsuit

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SAN DIEGO – A man who donned a scoop-neck blouse, necklace, blond wig, and padded bra-disguise to steal $66,000 during last July’s armed robbery at an Inland FCU branch in El Cajon is headed to prison for almost eight years.
Robert Tyndall, 56, was dubbed the Tootsie Bandit for his made-up resemblance to the lead character in the 1982 hit movie, in which an out-of-work actor played by Dustin Hoffman dresses like a dowdy woman to get an acting role. Tyndall was sentenced yesterday to 92 months behind bars for the two heists last year, including the credit union robbery.
Tyndall was arrested February 3 at his San Diego apartment where police found money from the robberies, and a truck identified by witnesses as the getaway vehicle.

In the credit union holdup, Tyndall assaulted the branch manager as he was opening for business, simulating he had a gun. The manager opened the vault and placed the cash–$66,000--in a bag provided by the suspect.SAN DIEGO – A man who donned a scoop-neck blouse, necklace, blond wig, and padded bra-disguise to steal $66,000 during last July’s armed robbery at an Inland FCU branch in El Cajon is headed to prison for almost eight years.

Robert Tyndall, 56, was dubbed the Tootsie Bandit for his made-up resemblance to the lead character in the 1982 hit movie, in which an out-of-work actor played by Dustin Hoffman dresses like a dowdy woman to get an acting role. Tyndall was sentenced yesterday to 92 months behind bars for the two heists last year, including the credit union robbery.

Tyndall was arrested February 3 at his San Diego apartment where police found $4,000 in cash from the robberies, and a truck identified by witnesses as the getaway vehicle.

In the credit union holdup, Tyndall assaulted the branch manager as he was opening for business, simulating he had a gun. The manager opened the vault and placed the cash–$66,000--in a bag provided by the suspect.

 

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