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"Tootsie bandit" gets 8 years for robberies

Tootsie bandit
FBI
Tootsie bandit
FBI

(CBS/AP/KFMB) SAN DIEGO - The cross-dressing bank robber dubbed the "Tootsie Bandit" because he wore a wig, sunglasses and makeup during one of three heists has been sentenced in San Diego to nearly eight years in state prison.

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Robert Deon Tyndall pleaded guilty in March to robbery and attempted robbery. He was sentenced Wednesday to seven years and eight months and was ordered to pay back more than $72,000.

At Tyndall's arraignment, Deputy District Attorney Dennis Panish told Judge David Szumowski that Tyndall dressed like a woman and robbed the Inland Federal Credit Union in San Diego County last July 16, reports CBS affiliate KFMB.

In that holdup, Tyndall simulated a gun and got away with $66,000, the prosecutor said.

Panish said Tyndall also tried to rob a Comerica Bank branch on Jan. 24.

In that robbery, Tyndall said he had a gun but left when the bank manager refused to let him into a bank office, the prosecutor said.

Panish said Tyndall also robbed a Torrey Pines Bank branch on Feb. 1.

In that holdup, Tyndall displayed what looked like a revolver with a long barrel, threatened to shoot anyone who turned around. He got away with more than $6,000, according to the prosecutor.