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Updated: Valley View Street Closed By Bomb Scare Bank Robbery

The Chase Bank branch on Valley View near the Seal Beach border was robbed today by a man claiming to have a bomb. The suspect is at large, and the street is closed.

A man threatened to have an explosive device today during a robbery at a bank in Garden Grove, police said.

The robbery was reported at a Chase Bank branch in the 12500 block of Valley View Street, according to Lt. Jeff Nightengale of the Garden Grove Police Department.

``The suspect showed an employee a device that appeared to be explosive,'' Nightengale said in a statement. ``The suspect demanded money and forced the employee into the safe.''

The suspect left the location with an undisclosed amount of money, telling the employee he left the device inside the bank, Nightengale said.

The bank and surrounding businesses were evacuated and deputies from the
Orange County Sheriff's Department bomb squad searched the bank, but no
device was found, Nightengale said.

The suspect was white and in his 40s with dark hair. He was wearing a blue baseball cap, beige long-sleeve shirt and jeans.

Police urged anyone with information to contact Garden Grove investigators at (714) 741-5800.

- City News Service

mgbg September 23, 2012 at 03:47 AM
geeze...i was right in the middle of this!..got gas, went to rite aid, saw poilice talking to some young people, had them sitting down behind gas station...with an other woman ( with arms crossed---like a mom! ;>) ) went into rite aid..up to pharmacy counter, was told to leave by manager...left...was let back in by another manager, got medicine, left--was walked to car by police!....had trouble getting down lampson, valley view closed off..all entrances to shopping area closed off...many, many police....this was at maybe 4:00 or so....what a mess...police said it was a possible pipe bomb....what a saturday!
Paige Austin September 23, 2012 at 04:11 AM
That is scary! I am really glad to hear you got in and out ok.
Edgar September 23, 2012 at 01:34 PM
I lived in Europe for many years, most of the banks there have a double entry system, they open one door with a buzzer, you enter that door and there is another door that is locked, so for a moment your in a locked bullet proof glass passage way. During this time they can ask you what your business is, account numbers, and show your picture identification ( passport, driver license , ect.) and they are also taking pictures of you, if you have a hat on or any garments/items that obscure your facial features they make you take it off. It seems they have very few robberies with this system. Maybe our banking system could learn from this method , also any bank close to a freeway is a prime candidate for robbery which should be taken into account.
The Beast ! September 23, 2012 at 04:16 PM
Edgar, Your right but lets look at this bank they do have a secure door system just like what your speaking about but for example I can enter through the secure locking doors and rather than exit the same way I can just open one of many emergency exit doors at the bank and walk freely out of the bank. So my point is that those secure doors are a JOKE and can easily be overcome by opening one of many emergency exits. I guess only a stupid bank robber would exit through a set of doors that will lock him inside a bullet proof room.
Edgar September 23, 2012 at 07:46 PM
In Europe there is no emergency exit....either your rejected or let into the bank, second problem we have to many people in the US of A that think they don't have to work for a living, JUST rob, rape, pillage, burn, collect welfare, buy/sell drugs...the banks are an easy knock off to these social drop outs, drug heads and 4th. generation welfare recipients. It may not be PC BUT ROMNEY IS RIGHT, LIKE IT OR NOT ….
Alice Crampton October 24, 2012 at 02:31 PM
About 15 years ago, a bank on the corner of Westminster and Seal Beach Blvd that had this double door mantrap system installed. They were very specific about only one person allowed in at a time - kids had to go through separately. Was a big problem when my three-year-old kid couldn't figure out how to get through.

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