Local News in Brief : Fullerton : Police Catch Suspect After S&L; Robbery

Two Fullerton police officers captured a suspect as he fled a Home Savings of America office with a bag of money Tuesday, authorities said.

Officer Cecil Reece said Thomas Bradford Robinson, 34, of Orange was arrested in the parking lot of the Orangefair Mall following a brief chase on foot.

Reece said police had received a call about a suspicious-looking person in front of Gibraltar Savings & Loan in Fullerton at 10:15 a.m. Moments later a similar call came in, reporting someone in front of Home Savings at 1107 S. Harbor Blvd. When the officers approached Home Savings of America, they saw a man running from the building.

Police said he did not have a weapon but had simulated one during the robbery.


While Robinson was being arrested, Huntington Beach police where responding to a bank robbery call at the Union Bank branch at 17122 Beach Blvd.

Lt. Bill Mamilli said a man described by witnesses as Latino, about 5 feet 8, 30 to 40 years old and with a heavy build, entered the bank about 10:40 a.m. and handed a teller a note demanding money. The man escaped on foot with an undisclosed amount.