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Search on for OB bank robber

FBI and police officials are hunting for a man who robbed the U.S. Bank in Ocean Beach on Feb. 8.

Authorities said a man entered the U.S. Bank at 4827 Newport Ave. around 3 p.m. and walked up to a teller with a demand note. The suspect was given an undisclosed amount of money.

The man fled the bank on foot. He is described as a white male in his 40s, about six feet tall, medium build, with a goatee. He was wearing a dark-gray beanie with a light-gray windbreaker with dark stripes down the sleeves and white rubber gloves. He was carrying a blue bank bag.

Sprint Store robber simulated handgun

Police are probing the recent robbery of the Sprint Store on Rosecrans Street, during which the suspect simulated having a handgun.

The robber, described as a black man, entered the store on Feb. 9 shortly before 7 p.m. and demanded cash from the employees. The man fled on foot with cash and wireless phones.

He was described as being in his late 20s to 30s, about 5 feet 6 inches to 5 feet 7 inches tall, wearing a ski mask, a red-and-black jacket and black jeans.

There were no injuries reported.

7-Eleven robbers plead not guilty

Two men face a March 11 preliminary hearing on charges they robbed two 7-Eleven stores on Midway Drive in 2012, as well as 13 other stores.

Alex Sanchez, 23, and Luis Alonso Cruz, 25, have pleaded not guilty to the robbery series, which took place from July 25 to Sept. 17.

Cruz is also charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm, as he was convicted of burglary in 2010, according to court records. The 7-Eleven stores were located at

2387 and 3185 Midway Drive when they were held up in August.

The pair was arrested Sept. 24 by La Mesa police. Sanchez and Cruz remain in jail on $500,000 and $700,000 bail, respectively.

— Neal Putnam Self-proclaimed ‘world’s dumbest bank robber’ gets 7 year sentence

A Point Loma bank robber who described himself in a letter to a judge as “the world’s dumbest bank robber” because his getaway car had a license plate with his last name was sentenced Feb. 11 to seven years in federal prison.

Robert “Bobby” Nathan Alm, 27, admitted he robbed the Chase Bank on Midway Drive on Jan. 14, 2012, making off with nearly $3,000. A witness wrote down the getaway vehicle’s personalized license plate, “ALMDUDE.”

U.S. District Court Judge Marilyn Huff ordered Alm to repay the stolen money to the bank and ordered Alm’s 9 mm caliber Glock firearm forfeited. Alm pleaded guilty Nov. 1.

Alm wrote a five-page letter to Huff, saying, “I always wanted to be perfect, inside and out. Now I am officially ‘The World’s Dumbest Bank Robber’—so much for perfect.”

In his letter, Alm apologized and told Huff he had been recently diagnosed with bipolar personality disorder. He wrote of his desire for treatment.

“I am aware there may be emotional trauma in the victims of my robbery, and I feel horrible about that fact. I am extremely grateful that no one was physically injured,” wrote Alm.

Huff imposed a five-year mandatory term for using a gun in a federal crime and 24 months consecutively for the holdup. Alm’s attorney sought a 61-month sentence. The prosecution asked for 90 months.

— Neal Putnam Lions Club cooking up annual spaghetti dinner

The Peninsula Lions Club service organization is again preparing its sumptuous Spaghetti Dinner and Sauce Contest to help raise proceeds for local nonprofits and community organizations.

The 19th installment of the annual dinner takes place this year on Saturday, Feb. 23 from 4 to 9 p.m. at the Masonic Center, 1711 Sunset Cliffs Blvd.

The proceeds from the event will benefit Guide Dogs of the Desert, the Dana Association and the Sunset Cliffs Surfers Association. The event will include the dinner and sauce contest, as well as music by Jay Rosso and a silent auction and raffles.

Tickets are $10 and are available now by calling Bill or Marti Klees at (619) 225-8200. They will also be available at the door.

Cabrillo Club again offering scholarships

The Cabrillo Civic Clubs of California are in the process of accepting scholarship applications for 2013 in hope of awarding 156 scholarships of $500 each.

The applications are being distributed to all city and county high schools, and applicants must be graduating high-school seniors of Portuguese descent with a grade-point average of 3.5 or better. Applicants must also have been involved in school and community activities.

The deadline to apply is March 15. Send completed forms to: Breck Austin, State Scholarship Chairperson, 1781 Cottonwood Drive, Vista, 92081.

For more information, call Aaron Buttery at (408) 655-6470, or email aarongbuttery@gmail.com.

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