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'Two Guys and a Girl Bandits' may have struck South Bay again

'Two Guys and a Girl Bandits' may have struck South Bay again
Police said the bandits may have struck for the third time in the South Bay. (Los Angeles Times)

Police believe a band of criminals nicknamed the "Two Guys and Girl Bandits" may have continued their string of armed robberies at a Wells Fargo bank in Torrance on Saturday.

At least three people entered the Artesia Boulevard bank and brandished handguns before 3 p.m., demanding cash from the tellers, Torrance police Sgt. Robert Watt said.

The group fled the bank minutes later and a witness told police they may have used a gray vehicle as their getaway car, escaping southbound through the parking lot.

The crime seems to echo two other robberies in the area in the past month, one at a CalCom Federal Credit Union in Torrance and the other at a Wells Fargo in Rancho Palos Verdes, Watt said.

The robbers earned their nickname because one of the suspects appears to be female, although Watt pointed out that the robbers have concealed their faces with nylon stockings.

Torrance police are working with the FBI on the case.

"We know especially during yesterday's robbery, there were a lot of customers inside, a lot of foot traffic in the parking lot,"  Watt said.

He urged anyone who had seen the suspects or could provide other information to call (310) 618-5570.

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