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Man steals $20k from bank patron

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2The customer got suspicious and tried to get away, but the robber pulled a knife. They scuffled, and the robber ran off with an envelope containing the cash, leaving behind his bicycle, Jennings said. The customer was not hurt, Jennings said. The robber ran across Palmdale Boulevard and into the neighborhood south of the bank. He jumped a fence into one backyard and told the resident that gang members were chasing him. The robber hid in that home’s garage for a while, then left and jumped more fences, Jennings said. Deputies aided by a helicopter searched the neighborhood and brought out a bloodhound to try to track the robber’s scent, but couldn’t find him. PALMDALE – Sheriff’s deputies released surveillance camera photos of man who robbed a bank customer of more than $20,000 in a Palmdale Boulevard parking lot. The robber had walked inside the Washington Mutual branch just before 5 p.m. Wednesday and followed out a Lancaster man who had come in to purchase a cashier’s check. For some reason, the bank could not issue the man a check. “He walked out with his cash, which was in excess of $20,000. The suspect was in the bank and saw the guy with the money,” Deputy Dave Jennings said. As the customer walked across the parking lot in the 1700 block of Palmdale Boulevard, the would-be robber pedaled up on a bicycle and started talking to him, Jennings said. Surveillance camera photos show the robber pedaling a BMX-style bicycle up to the bank, walking inside and going to a counter. He walked out less than a minute later, and can be seen pedaling the bicycle back across the parking lot. The robber was described as African-American, about 35 years old, about 6 feet tall and 190 pounds, wearing blue jeans and a white shirt with green or blue stripes. Anyone who knows the man or has information about the robbery was asked to call the Palmdale sheriff’s station at (661) 267-4300. [email protected] (661) 267-5742160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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