Pregnant teller forced to rob her bank

ANAHEIM, Calif. The victim is a teller at a /*Bank of the West*/ branch in Anaheim. Police say she is in her 20s and that she is pregnant.

It was the teller's day off when the suspect went to her home in West Anaheim, which is a couple of miles away from the branch. Police say that the suspect knocked on her door, began talking to her and then pulled a gun out.

The suspect told the teller he knew where she worked. He forced the teller to drive him to the bank in her car, which is a silver /*Honda Accord*/. He waited in the vehicle while she went inside the bank to take out the money.

As she was leaving the bank with some of the money, she told one of the tellers that she was being robbed and that's when police were called. The teller went to her car where the suspect was waiting. Police say the suspect took the money and ran away.

Authorities say they interviewed the teller and she is safe.

"We don't know why she didn't remain in the bank," said Sgt. Rick Martinez, Anaheim Police Department. "However, it appears that there's been some obvious threats there. The guy knows where she lives, he does have a gun. We don't know what other threats he made to her. So we are looking for the suspect that took off on foot. We don't know if he had a vehicle waiting close by or some accomplice. "

The suspect is described as a male, 40 to 50 years old, about 5' 7" tall and weighing 170 lbs. Authorities say he has a mustache, but they say it may be a fake mustache.

If you've seen the suspect, or have any information about the incident, you should call the /*Anaheim Police Department*/ at (714) 765-1900.

Bank of the West released a statement on Tuesday evening. In it they said the company is relieved that no one was physically harmed during the robbery and that their staff is trained to handle emergencies. The company also says their employees understand the appropriate safety procedures that have to be followed during incidents like the one that occurred on Tuesday.



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