‘Tootsie Bandit’ Captured

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SAN DIEGO – A cross-dressing robber believed to have held up an Inland FCU branch and at least three other local institutions was arrested Friday.

The robber was called the “Tootsie Bandit” because in one case he was thought to be a man dressed in women’s clothing, including a scoop-neck blouse, necklace, blond wig and padded bra resembling the dress of Dustin Hoffman as an out-of-work actor who masquerades as a woman to get a role in a TV soap opera in the 1982 movie “Tootsie.”

Robert Tyndall, 56, was arrested at his apartment in the Hillcrest neighborhood of San Diego. Money from the robberies, and a truck identified by witnesses as the getaway vehicle, were recovered, police said.


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