Armed Robbers Hit Local Bank in Daylight

Two bank robbers made short work of the OneWest Bank in San Marino on July 28, brandishing a gun, rifling some cash drawers and making their escape even before a 911 call could be placed.
“It was a pretty quick in-and-out,” Police Chief John Incontro said Monday.
The armed robbery occurred just before 2 p.m., according to the SMPD, when two African American men walked through the front door of the bank at 900 Huntington Drive. There were no customers in the branch at the time, Incontro said.
One of the robbers reportedly aimed a black semiautomatic handgun at a teller, who backed away from the counter. The man then jumped over the counter and stole an undisclosed amount of cash from several drawers. After the man jumped back over the counter, the men left by the front door and fled in a red SUV, police said.
When the SMPD was notified of the robbery via 911, the caller said the suspects had already left. San Marino police and surrounding law enforcement agencies participated in a search for the robbers, with help from the Pasadena Police Department helicopter, but the effort was futile. Incontro said the FBI is now guiding the investigation.
Both robbers were described as being 20-30 years old. One was said to be approximately 5 feet 9 inches tall, with a thin build, wearing a light-color, long-sleeved, button-down shirt and a baseball cap. No height was indicated for the other man, who was said to be of heavy build, wearing a light-color shirt, tan shorts and a baseball cap.
Anyone with information about the crime or the identity of the suspects is asked to contact SMPD Detective Brian Wong at (626) 300-0719 or bwong@smpd.us. Anonymous tips can be relayed via Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477 or by texting the letters TIPLA and the tip to 274637.
— Eric Noland

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