SEAL BEACH (CBS) — The FBI is on the hunt for a pair of bank robbers who are behind a string of recent holdups in Orange County. The “Market Duo Bandits” target supermarkets that have bank branches inside.
Det. Jeff Brown of the FBI’s Bank Robbery Apprehension Team says the pair is responsible for four bank robberies in the past month. The holdups took place in broad daylight at supermarket bank branches in Placentia, La Habra, Lake Forest, and Seal Beach.
Security video from a recent robbery shows one man approach a bank teller, as the other stands back, holding his hand in a bag. “Look at my friend, look at my partner,” the first suspect reportedly says. “Somebody’s gonna get hurt if you don’t give us money.”
Customers continue to mill about the store, unaware that a robbery is taking place.
The two men then exit the store and can be seen on surveillance tape discarding a dye packet into some bushes. Seconds later, a tear gas packet explodes sending a cloud of dye up into the parking lot.
“The possibility is very, very strong that they are in fact armed,” says Brown. “So with that many people around, that’s just not a good thing.”
The suspects are described as two Latino men in their 20’s to 30’s. They have been spotted driving a black F-250 short bed truck.
The FBI and Orange County Sheriff’s Department are offering $10k reward for any information leading to the suspects’ arrest.