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Crime Watch – December 2019

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By Laura Brady-Allen

Chase Bank Robbery in Eagle Rock  

The Chase Bank on Colorado Boulevard in Eagle Rock was robbed on November 22.
Photo by Laura Brady-Allen

In the aftermath of the robbery of Chase Bank in Eagle Rock on November 22, it took a while to get a consistent picture of what happened from the LAPD and the FBI. Was the robbery at or near the bank? Was a suspect in custody, or not?

Here’s what has been learned as of press time on November 27:

he Chase Bank at 2175 Colorado Boulevard in Eagle Rock was robbed at 12:40 p.m. on November 22 by a man who entered the bank and demanded a large sum of money, verbally and in writing, from two tellers, according to Captain Arturo Sandoval of the LAPD Northeast Division and Laura Eimiller, a public affairs specialist with the FBI.

The robber said he had an accomplice outside of the bank, though there is no evidence to support this, according to Eimiller. The robber left with the money.

The robber was described by the FBI as a black man wearing sunglasses. The LAPD said that the description it received was of a black male, age 25 to 30, 6’3” tall, beard, wearing a black beanie with “LA” on the back of it, gold frame sunglasses and a gray fleece sweater.

No one had been taken into custody as of press time on November 27, according to Detective Jaramillo with the LADP Robber Unit.

The FBI responds to all bank robberies, but it has been determined that this case will stay with the state and the LAPD.

Colorado Boulevard Break-ins Continue

There was an unsuccessful attempt to break into Swork Coffee at 2160 Colorado Boulevard in Eagle Rock on Wednesday, Nov. 6 at 2:24 a.m. Surveillance footage shows two males attempting to gain entry. One used what looked like a crowbar to smash the glass storefront while the other stood watch.

Surveillance footage shows the attempted break-in at Swork Coffee on November 6.

On the same night, would be-burglars also attempted but failed to gain entry to the T-Mobile store on the same block as Swork. In addition, there was broken glass at Bok Bok Chicken at 2146 Colorado Boulevard, but when the Boulevard Sentinel asked day-time workers at Bok Bok and nearby Best Flowers, they said there had been no burglaries or attempted burglaries.