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Two bank holdups occurred within an hour of each other Friday — one in Brea and the other in Yorba Linda across the street from the Nixon Presidential Library.

A Brea Police cruiser. Photo courtesy Brea Police Department
Authorities suspect the heists were the work of the same robber, who may have also held up a third bank in Valencia earlier this month.

The Comerica bank branch at 2500 E. Imperial Highway was robbed at 12:09 p.m., and the Opus Bank branch at 17672 Yorba Linda Blvd. was held up about 1 p.m., according to Laura Eimiller of the FBI.

Investigators think it might be the same bandit, based on similar suspect descriptions. The FBI is also looking into whether the suspect robbed a U.S. Bank branch at 28313 Newhall Ranch Road in Valencia on Feb. 10, Eimiller said.

In the Valencia heist, the suspect held up a note — written in red marker — demanding cash, Eimiller said.

The suspect in Friday’s heists was described as a heavyset white man who wore a fedora with a black band and glasses, Eimiller said. According to Brea police Lt. Darrin Devereux he appeared to be in his 40s, about 5-foot-8, and was clad in blue jeans and a white long-sleeve shirt.

The robber made off with an undisclosed amount of money after handing a teller a note announcing the holdup, Devereux said.

No one was injured in either holdup Friday afternoon.

— City News Service

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