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Police seek bank robber

May 06, 2011

Authorities are searching for a man who police say stole a large amount of cash May 2 from the US Bank branch inside Pavilions Market at 1110 W. Alameda Ave.

At 5:15 p.m., the man told the bank teller that he had a handgun inside his black backpack when he demanded the cash. The employees, fearing for their safety, handed over the cash, and the man was last seen walking out the front door, said Burbank Police Sgt. Robert Quesada.

According to surveillance video from the market, the man had stolen bottles of alcohol earlier in day on two visits.

He is in his mid- to late 30s, medium height and with some facial hair. He was wearing red tinted sunglasses, a long-sleeved black shirt, dark shorts and tan baseball hat.

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The case is under investigation.

Islamic symbol smashed at chapel

Vandals smashed a glass panel depicting a star and crescent Islamic symbol overnight April 29 at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center, but police said they are not treating it as a hate crime.

The glass waterfall, outside Our Lady of Sorrows Chapel at the hospital, has illustrations of symbols of the nation’s leading faiths, including Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism and Hinduism.

“Although we are a Catholic institution, we recognize that faith is important in healing,” hospital spokeswoman Patricia Aidem said of the waterfall. “We know not everyone has the same faith, and we want to help patients use their faith to heal.”

The incident is under investigation, Burbank Police Sgt. Robert Quesada said.

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