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Westminster police seek public’s help in identifying bank robber

The Westminster Police Department is seeking the public’s help in identifying a man they say robbed a Union Bank last week.

The man entered the bank at 15377 Brookhurst St. around 12:40 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 21 and passed a note to a teller demanding money, police said. No weapon was visible. After receiving the money, the man fled on foot.

“We think members of the community may recognize this suspect and we want their help,” Deputy Police Chief Cameron Knauerhaze said in a statement. “We know from past cases bank robberies can turn violent and we are using every resource we can to identify this suspect.”

The man was described as 5-foot, 8 inches tall, about 30 to 40 years old and Hispanic, with a heavy build,  short black hair and a receding hairline. At the time of the robbery, he was wearing a dark green “Columbia” jacket, gray pants and a black face mask.

The man is not believed to be connected to the “Green Gaiter Bandit,” who authorities say is wanted for a spree of bank robberies in Orange County and Los Angeles County since last November, according to Sgt. Eddie Esqueda, a spokesperson for the Westminster Police Department.

Anyone with information on the Union Bank robbery should contact the Westminster Police Department at 714-548-3212, or Orange County Crime Stoppers at 1-855- TIP-OCCS or by logging on to

Source: Orange County Register

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