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

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Norwalk bank robbed, then evacuated after a suspicious package is found
Union Bank in Norwalk is evacuated after a suspicious package is found; bomb squad called
Authorities says suspicious package left at Norwalk bank was 'hoax device'

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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