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Police searching for Chase bank robber

August 21, 2009|By Christopher Cadelago

CITY CENTER — Burbank Police are searching for a middle-age black man who they say robbed a downtown Chase Bank at 100 N. 1st St this afternoon.

The man entered the bank about 12:30 p.m. Thursday, waited in line, and handed the teller a note demanding cash and stating that he had a gun, Burbank Police Sgt. Robert Quesada said.

The suspect cleared the bank with an undisclosed amount of cash and was chased across the street by bank security into the Islands Restaurant parking lot at 101 E. Orange Grove Ave., where he was last seen, police said.

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Officers arrived within a couple minutes of the robbery and searched each floor of the parking structure, checking the license plates of drivers exiting and entering the garage. It is not clear whether the suspect fled in a vehicle or on foot, police said.

Police also combed the area surrounding the bank and took fingerprints. The Chase bank was closed for the rest of the day, as is practice, to notify the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The man is described as being between the ages of 55 and 60, 5 feet 10 inches tall, 165 pounds, wearing a black baseball cap, light blue T-shirt and dark slacks. He has a salt and pepper beard and was carrying a black briefcase, Quesada said.

The bank robbery came on the same afternoon that a Latino man wearing a Raiders cap robbed Starlite Liquor in the 3500 block of West Victory Boulevard. Police confirmed that the liquor store robbery was one of a handful over the last month, with similarly described suspects.

The suspect entered the store, pointed a handgun at the clerk and demanded money. The clerk opened the register and the suspect reached over and grabbed the cash, Quesada said.

The man left the store through the rear door and out into the alley He is described as in his early 20s, 5 feet 10 inches tall, thin, with short black hair.


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