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Suspect arrested in $60 robbery at Glendale ATM

Suspect arrested in $60 robbery at Glendale ATM
A man was punched in the face while he was withdrawing $60 from an ATM in Glendale on April 26, police say. (Glendale News-Press)

A 20-year-old Whittier man was arrested late last month by Glendale police for allegedly using a fake gun to rob a man at an ATM.

Frankie Ortega was arrested May 25 after the Glendale Police Department linked him to the robbery of a man the evening of April 26 at a Bank of America in the 3800 block of San Fernando Road.

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Sgt. Dan Suttles said the man was withdrawing money when he was approached by a trio of strangers. One of the men lifted up his shirt, revealing a handgun — which authorities later determined to be a toy — tucked into his waistband.

Suttles said the victim was punched in the face. The trio robbed him of the $60 he had withdrawn. The group fled in a nearby vehicle.

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Glendale police investigators tracked the vehicle used in the robbery to its owner, Ortega, Suttles said.

Ortega was then taken into custody. He remains imprisoned in lieu of $120,000 bail.

The robbery remains under investigation.

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