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EL TORO : 7th Bank Branch Robbed in a Month

A bank branch was robbed here Wednesday, the seventh in a string of robberies to hit South County banks in the last month.

County sheriff’s officials said no one was injured in the 12:22 p.m. robbery of the National Bank of Southern California, 22831 Lake Forest Drive. The robber, a man dressed in a denim jacket and jeans, handed a teller a note demanding cash.

The teller gave him an undisclosed amount of cash and the man--described as being in his 30s, blond, 5 feet, 8 inches tall and thin--fled on foot without displaying a weapon, Sheriff’s Lt. Richard J. Olson said.

Bucky Cox, senior resident agent of the Orange County FBI office, said the robbery does not appear to be connected with the other robberies.

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However, he noted the unusual increase in South County bank robberies during the last month: “Until recently, we were able to keep a lid on things in the South County. But recently, there have been more robberies there than normal.”

At least two of last month’s robberies were committed by one person, while a third appears to be connected with a string of robberies committed in the central county, Cox said.

A suspect has been arrested in one of the South County robberies.


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