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Suspect robs 3 Orange County banks in 1 hour

January 26, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
One person suspected of carrying out a bank-robbery spree Wednesday in Orange County was still on the loose Wednesday night.

Anaheim Police say a suspect robbed a Bank of America branch on the 1000 block of N. State College Blvd. in Anaheim around 10:45 a.m.

Within minutes, he went next door and hit a Wells Fargo branch.

Within 30 minutes of fleeing the scene with an undisclosed amount of money, the suspect struck a third bank, a Chase branch on the 5700 block of Santa Ana Canyon Rd. in Anaheim Hills.

Police say from the first robbery to the last, the suspect wasted no time using one mode of operation to get in and out fast.

"We had a report that a guy had gone into the bank," said Anaheim Police Sgt. Rick Martinez. "He had provided a note to the teller demanding money. He indicated he had a gun. He got the money and then he left the bank. About two minutes later we had a phone call from the bank directly behind it, and that bank reported that a male with the same appearance had just robbed their bank, the same method of operation: Walks in with a note, says he has a gun, successfully completes the robbery and takes off.

"While we have officers on scene at both robberies, and detectives trying to gather information, at about 11:15 we received another phone call of a bank in Anaheim Hills that had just been robbed. It was the same method: a note, a gun mentioned and the description of the same guy."

Police say the suspect never showed a gun during the robberies.

No one was hurt.

Police fear the robber could strike again. They want the public's help catching him.

Police have a vague description of the bandit.

"The description that they're telling us appears to be light-skinned male Hispanic. Appeared to be somewhere in his 20s or 30s. He was wearing a dark sweatshirt and had a hood on. He may have also had some other type of covering on his head. We do believe he had a beard," said Martinez.

Detectives aren't sure how the suspect fled the robbery scenes.

"I can say that each of the robberies was successful and unfortunately he was able to leave with a substantial amount of money," said Martinez.

If you have information related to these cases, you're asked to call the Anaheim Police Dept. at (714) 765-1900.

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