Suspicious package left at Norwalk bank found to be 'hoax device'

Norwalk bank robbed, then evacuated after a suspicious package is found

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department officials say the suspicious package left behind at the Union Bank in Norwalk was a “hoax device.”

Authorities cleared the scene about 1:40 p.m. Monday. A robbery had been reported about 10:30 a.m. at Union Bank at 12221 Norwalk Blvd., according to the Sheriff's Department.

Shortly after, authorities discovered a suspicious package at the bank.

They said the bank robber, described as wearing a plaid shirt and gray hooded sweatshirt, entered the bank and placed the device on the bank teller’s counter.

The robber then handed a note to the teller demanding money. He left the device behind before fleeing the scene.

Authorities evacuated the building and neighboring businesses, the Sheriff's Department said. 

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2:26 p.m.: This post was updated to include authorities' findings that the suspicious package was a "hoax device."

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