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Robbers take over Lathrop bank

Trio storms bank; grab money from cashier’s drawers

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Robbers take over Lathrop bank

Surveillance video caught one of the robbers jumping up and then over a cashier’s window.

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POSTED September 13, 2012 12:20 a.m.

LATHROP — Robbers jumped over the counter of a Lathrop Chase Bank Wednesday noon and ordered employees to cooperate as they stashed an undisclosed amount of cash into a satchel.

San Joaquin County Sheriff’s spokesman Les Garcia said three black males in their late 20s and early 30s took control of the bank at 11:30 a.m. located in the 15300 block of Harlan Road east of Interstate 5 and south of Lathrop Road.

One of the suspects gave a bank employee a satchel type bag and ordered him to fill it with cash, Garcia said.  The employee was pushed away from a money drawer and one of the three took money from the other bank drawers and stuffed it into the bag.  During the robbery there were no threats of a weapon and no weapon was seen, according to deputies.

The three suspects fled on foot with the bag of cash running eastbound through the shopping center parking lot and into a residential neighborhood.  Deputies said no vehicle was seen and an immediate search of the area brought negative results.

The first suspect was described as being 5-foot-9 to 6-foot-2 tall, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, dark colored ball cap with white letters on the front and gray sweatpants.

The second suspect was 5-foot-7 to 5-foot-10 in height, wearing sun glasses and a dark fisherman-style floppy hat.  “Ed Hardy” in white letters was seen on a brown long-sleeve shirt, tan shorts and an over the shoulder style black satchel bag.

The third suspect was said to be a light-colored black or Hispanic male wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt, light colored pants, dark bandanna or shirt pulled over his face that stayed at the door during the robbery.

No one was hurt in the takeover, according to deputies.

Anyone with information on the trio is asked to contact the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office at (209) 468-4400,  or to remain anonymous,  you can text the information to investigators with a cell phone TO: 274637 (CRIMES) TEXT: SJSO followed by your tip.

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