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Police: Suspect Used Fake Explosive Device In West Covina Bank Robbery

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LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Police on Friday asked the public to help find a man suspected of robbing a West Covina bank while clutching an envelope he claimed to be an explosive device.

The robbery took place around 5 p.m. on Tuesday at a Bank of America branch on Eastland Center Drive, according to West Covina police Cpl. Rudy Lopez.

The suspect “presented a note to a teller demanding money and that he had a bomb” and then fled the bank with an unknown amount of cash, said Lopez.

Employees noticed a bulky manila envelope with wires protruding from it was left behind on a counter near the teller window.

After a Los Angeles County bomb squad was notified and the surrounding area cordoned off, the package was determined to be harmless.

Police said the suspect is described as a white male, aged 30 to 35 years old, 160 to 180 pounds and between 5’10” and 6′ tall.

Anyone with information is asked to call West Covina police at (626) 939-8557 or anonymously at (626) 939-8688, or by texting “TIPWCPD” and the tip to 847411.

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