By Jessica Donnelly and Brian Day, Staff Writers:
GLENDORA — A man suspected of robbing a bank Tuesday was located at his apartment around the corner from the scene of the crime, authorities said.
Blair Piper, 32, of Glendora was arrested on suspicion of armed robbery, Glendora police Lt. Brian Summers said.
Summers said the robber entered a Citibank branch at 401 E. Arrow Highway at 2:16 p.m. and gave the teller a note demanding money and claiming he had a gun.
The teller gave the man an undisclosed amount of cash, police said.
The man left the bank and discarded his clothes behind a Vons in the shopping center, Summers said. The man left a hooded sweatshirt, baseball cap and shorts behind the store, he said.
The suspect went to an apartment less than a mile away in the 640 block of East Claraday Street, Summers said.
Witnesses said they watched the man enter the complex and alerted police, he said.
Officers found the man and recovered the money inside the apartment complex, Summers said. They also recovered the demand note, he said.
No gun was located, Summers said.
Piper was identified by the teller and witnesses at the bank, police said. He was released from jail after posting $100,000 bail, according to sheriff’s booking records. He was due in West Covina Superior Court Thursday for arraignment.
Piper was convicted in May in West Covina Superior Court of driving with an open container of alcohol, according to Los Angeles County Superior Court records.
According to sheriff’s booking records and police, he was also arrested by Glendora police due to outstanding warrants stemming from a marijuana possession case on Sept. 28 and July 30.