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Where did all the bandits go?

For decades, Southern California was the undisputed capital of bank robbery. In 1992, as many as 28 Los Angeles banks were robbed in a single day. Then the number of heists began falling, part of an overall trend that has seen crime rates plummet across the country. The numbers have gotten so...
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