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Bank robbed in broad daylight

Posted: January 9, 2009 5:00 p.m.
Updated: January 9, 2009 9:30 p.m.
A robber hit a U.S. Bank branch inside a Valencia supermarket Friday, fleeing the scene on foot with an undisclosed amount of money.

"He told the teller that he was doing this for his family because he was broke," FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said.

The robber slipped a note to the teller at 9:45 a.m. inside the Pavilions on McBean Parkway near Creekside Road, said Lt. Tom Bryski of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station.

The note demanded money, but no weapon was used in the robbery, Bryski said.

Investigators described the suspect as a white male between 35 and 40 years old, 5 feet, 7 inches tall, with a stocky build, wearing a black cap and black jacket.

"Typically bank robbers rob to support a drug or gambling habit," Eimiller said, expressing doubts that the economy had anything to do with Friday's crime.

Friday's bank job makes the second time bandits turned their aim at a local bank.

Burglars tried to break into the Lockheed Federal Credit Union on The Old Road in Stevenson Ranch Oct. 20, but were tripped up when they set off the fire alarm, Eimiller said. The fire alarm brought Los Angeles
County firefighters and Santa Clarita Valley sheriff's deputies to the scene, Eimiller said.

The crooks were long gone before the local authorities showed up, Eimiller said.

The FBI is still gathering clues on the attempt.

Anyone with information on either crime can call the Sheriff's Station at (661) 255-1121.


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