Five arrested for bank burglaries in Diamond Bar and Rowland Heights

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department officials on Wednesday identified the five men who were arrested in connection with a series of bank burglaries in Diamond Bar and Rowland Heights.

The five were arrested and booked Friday at the sheriff’s Walnut Station on $500,000 bail each after a yearlong investigation by the sheriff’s major crimes bureau. The men allegedly accessed the roofs of four banks in Rowland Heights and Diamond Bar, using power tools and construction materials to reach the cement vaults and remain undetected, Sheriff Lee Baca said. Detectives are looking for similar burglaries that could be linked to the suspects.

About $6 million in cash, safe deposit boxes and jewelry were reported stolen from three of the banks. The suspects used handheld radios to communicate and wore matching ski masks, workman’s uniforms, gloves and shoes to prevent detectives from distinguishing them, Baca said.

The men were under surveillance early Friday when they attempted to burglarize the Citibank branch at 1188 S. Diamond Bar Blvd. in Diamond Bar, officials said.

For more, read Melissa Masatani’s story BURGLARS.

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