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Elderly bank robbery suspect: ‘It’s my hobby’

A 78-year-old man charged with robbing the Comerica Bank at 3361 Rosecrans St. claims he held up the bank because he was a homeless veteran and didn’t like living on the street.

Dale Eugene Jenkins admitted to authorities that he robbed the bank and claimed to a KGTV reporter that he had robbed others. Jenkins has only been charged with the May 13 holdup, which netted him $80. The money was recovered, according to court records.

Jenkins was dressed in a suit and tie with a dark fedora-style hat and was arrested several blocks away while toting a rolling suitcase on the sidewalk.

“I rob banks. It’s my hobby,” he told the television reporter before he was placed in a patrol car.

When he was arraigned, Jenkins attempted to plead guilty, saying he did it because he was homeless. But a not guilty plea was entered on his behalf in U.S. District Court. He will next appear in court on July 29 for a motion hearing.

Jenkins also confessed to the robbery during an interview with the FBI, and initialed bank surveillance photographs presented to him, records say. Jenkins remains in custody on $50,000 bail.

— Neal Putnam Crime Stoppers offers reward to ID burglar

San Diego County Crime Stoppers are teaming with investigators from the San Diego Police Department’s Western Division to ask for the public’s help in identifying and locating an unknown suspect wanted in connection with two commercial burglaries in Point Loma on July 3 or July 4.

A $1,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the suspected burglar’s identity.

Detectives said sometime between Monday evening on July 3 and early Tuesday morning on July 4, the suspect burglarized two stores at 1255 Rosecrans St. The two businesses were identified as World Famous Smoothies and Alice Alfreda Clothing boutique.

Police said the suspect gained entry into the smoothie business first, although there were no signs of forced entry, and then broke through an adjoining wall into the boutique business. 

The suspect reportedly made off with 15 blenders from the smoothie shop and a brown Gucci handbag from the boutique.  

An image of the suspect was captured by a surveillance camera and can be viewed at youtube.com/watch?v=Bv_-ZYxJOhRI&feature=youtu.be.

Anyone with information is urged to call Det. Tom Jacques at (619) 692-4833 or the Crime Stoppers anonymous tip line at (888) 580-8477. Anonymous email and text messages can be sent in via www.sdcrimestoppers.com

‘Meet Me in St. Louis’ show to open July 12

Westminster Theater’s Vanguard Productions will launch its latest summer musical presentation, “Meet Me in St. Louis,” beginning July 12.  

The production, which features music and lyrics by Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane, will be directed by Lesley K. Pearson.  The timeless musical  tells the story of an American family living in St. Louis at the time of the Louisiana Purchase Exposition World’s Fair in 1904. A multi-generational experience portrays the Smith family and the antics and angst of the four Smith daughters as they learn lessons of life and love.

Sing along with great standards like “The Trolley Song,” “Under the Bamboo Tree,” “Skip To My Lou,” “The Boy Next Door” and  “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.”

Performances take place at Westminster Theatre, 3598 Talbot St. on July 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, 25, 26, 27 and 28. Thursday, Friday and Saturday performances begin at 8 p.m.; Sunday performances take place at 7 p.m. Regular ticket prices are $15 for adults; $13 for seniors, military members and students. Children 12 years old and under are $10. For information or tickets, call the box office at (619) 224-6263, or visit for information or visit vanguardsd.org.
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