By GABRIELLA BOCK | Reporter
The Los Angeles Police Department is receiving help from the FBI in investigating a robbery that occurred at a U.S. Bank Branch at 15305 Sunset Blvd. in The Village on Tuesday, Sept. 26.
At 3:20 in the afternoon, as school children fraternized outside on the Village Green and people sipped coffee nearby, the suspect entered the bank with an allegedly concealed firearm and quietly slipped a teller a note demanding money.
The suspect, described as a white male in his mid 50s, approximately 5’6” – 5’9” and 180-200 pounds, was in the bank for one to two minutes before escaping on foot with an undisclosed sum of money, LAPD Department Detective Chris Marsden told the Palisadian-Post.
It is unknown whether this is his first robbery, or if he is associated with other crimes.
Although no patrons or employees were harmed in the incident, the robbery has roused concerns from Palisadian banking clients about a need for tighter security. This could include bulletproof glass—sometimes unpopular with clients—and more armed protection.
The ease of the getaway is reminiscent of a string of heists that shook the Palisades during early 2005.
Targeting banks and businesses operating without full safety barriers, criminals successfully robbed five Palisadian banks over five months.
They were also committed by a middle-aged, white man acting alone, but he threatened tellers with a fake bomb. He was never apprehended.
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