ROWLAND HEIGHTS – For the second time in less than a week, a man using a note robbed a bank along Colima Road, authorities said Monday.
Sgt. Angie Wilkinson of the sheriff’s Walnut station said a man walked into the Citibank at 18847 Colima Road about 12:15 p.m. Saturday and handed the teller a note saying he had a gun and demanding money.
Wilkinson said the teller gave the man some money and he fled out of sight. No vehicle was seen leaving the area.
The robber was described as a white man in his late 20s or early 30s, about 6 feet tall and 200 pounds. He was wearing at blue hooded sweatshirt and gray sweatpants at the time.
The incident marked the second bank robbery in Rowland Heights last week.
On Wednesday, a man dubbed the “Stretch Bandit” walked into the Bank of the West Branch at 19005 Colima Road and handed the teller a note demanding money. He escaped with about a $1,000.
FBI officials believe the man robbed the same branch on July 12. He is also suspected of robbing a U.S. Bank branch in Hacienda Heights on July 6.
The robber in Wednesday’s incident was described as a white man in his mid 30s with blond hair and blue eyes, about 6 feet 3 inches tall and 185 pounds. He was wearing a tan jacket over a blue hooded sweathshirt.
While Saturday’s robbery bears strong similarities to those committed by the Stretch Bandit and occurred less than a mile from Wednesday’s robbery, authorities could not immediately confirm if they are connected.
– J.D. Velasco