Umbrella-toting bandit robs bank in San Francisco’s North Beach 

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On a perfectly sunny Saturday morning, a careful crook toting an open umbrella robbed a bank in San Francisco’s North Beach district, police said.

The bandit used the opened umbrella to conceal himself from surveillance cameras during a heist at the Bank of the West on Columbus Avenue just after 9 a.m.

The suspect was already difficult to identify. He wore a black nylon face mask and covered his head and neck with a multicolored bandana, police said.

He told all three bank tellers, “Give me all the 20s and 100s. If not, I’ll shoot.”

No weapon was seen.

The tellers handed over cash, which the suspect collected in his open umbrella before fleeing, police said.

The crook was last seen running eastbound on Green Street toward Grant Avenue, police said.

No one was injured during the heist.

Police may have superstition on their side during their investigation. As they say, bad luck rains on those who open an umbrella indoors and offend the sun god.

maldax@sfexaminer.com

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