Photo courtesy Torrance Police Department.
Photo courtesy Torrance Police Department.

Torrance police on Monday released a surveillance video of a man wanted in connection with a bank robbery in which he escaped with about $3,000.

The suspect entered the Farmers & Merchants Bank branch at 22400 Hawthorne Blvd., near Sepulveda Boulevard, at 12:53 p.m. on Dec. 4, presented a demand note, which has not been recovered, and fled. He did not say he had a weapon or displayed one, said Sgt. Paul M. Kranke of the Torrance Police Department.

The suspect fled out the rear of the bank and was last seen going east on 224th Street, Kranke said. He was driving a white Honda or possibly a four- door Toyota with a sunroof.

Detectives learned that within hours of the bank robbery, the man went to a nearby store and shopped for several hours. He also changed his shirt, going from a red to a dark color and then finally a white shirt.

The suspect was described as a white man from 38 to 42 years of age, 6 foot 3 inches to 6 foot 5 inches tall, thin, clean shaven, with a large nose that had a mole on its left side.

He was wearing a white baseball cap, red long sleeve T-shirt or a lightweight sweater, dark skinny jeans and black converse shoes.

Anyone with information about the case was asked to call Torrance police detectives at (310) 618-5570.

City News Service

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