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Union Bank in Norwalk Hit with Robbery, Bomb Scare

By Brian Hews

A bank robbery in Norwalk on Monday left several local customers and residents in fear and resulted in the temporary closure of surrounding businesses.

Detectives from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Major Crimes Bureau were investigating the circumstances surrounding the bank robbery that occurred at the Union Bank in the 12200 block of South Norwalk Boulevard.

The suspect who is described as a male adult, wearing a plaid shirt and gray hooded sweatshirt, entered the bank and placed a hoax “bomb” device on a bank teller’s counter.

Members of the Sheriff’s Department told Hews Media Group-Community News that the suspect then handed the bank teller a note, which demanded money.

After the bank teller followed the instructions of the note, the suspect left the bank, leaving the hoax device behind.

No suspect vehicle was seen or located and no arrest was made.

The robbery quickly became a live breaking news event that was aired live by several news outlets throughout Southern California.

Law enforcement officials had no additional information as of Tuesday morning about the situation.

Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Major Crimes Bureau at (562) 946-7008. If you prefer to provide information anonymously, you may call “Crime Stoppers” by dialing (800) 222-TIPS (8477), or texting the letters TIPLA plus your tip to CRIMES (274637), or by using the website lacrimestoppers.org.

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