LADERA RANCH – Deputies are searching for a man who robbed a bank on Tuesday night, the second hold-up in Ladera Ranch within the last month.
The robber entered the Union Bank branch in the 25600 block of Crown Valley Parkway shortly before 6 p.m., handed the teller a note demanding money and then fled on foot with an unknown amount of cash, Orange County Sheriff’s Lt. Dan Dwyer said.
No weapon was seen during the robbery and no injuries were reported. The man was last seen running toward a nearby housing development.
Deputies, with the assistance of the Sheriff’s helicopter, were searching for the robber on Tuesday night. Dwyer said they planned to bring in bloodhounds to see if they could pick up the man’s trail.
Authorities described the robber as a thin, dark-skinned male in his 40s who was wearing a white hooded sweatshirt and camouflage-patterned baseball cap.
Tuesday’s robbery follows a Feb. 18 hold-up at a U.S. Bank branch less than a mile away.
That robbery, which occurred about 9:20 a.m. at the bank in the 100 block of Corporate Drive, was carried out by a man who handed a teller a note in a manila folder that claimed he had a weapon, though none was seen. The suspect in the Feb. 18 robbery was described as a heavy-set Latino man, about 35 years old, 5-foot-3 and around 160 pounds.
It wasn’t immediately clear if the robberies were linked, though the initial description of the suspects released by authorities did not match.
Officials are asking anyone with information to contact the Sheriff’s Department at 714-628-7170.
BY SEAN EMERY / ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
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