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Bank of America Robbery in Anaheim Produces a Bomb Scare and Many Suspect Photos

It's usually rather ho-hum when authorities send a notice about seeking a bank robber, notices that are often accompanied by a surveillance photo or two of the baddie in action.

But with the latest release from the Anaheim Police Department came five different shots of a guy who robbed a Bank of America on Euclid Street on Monday.

One even shows him getting on a getaway bike.

Why so many?

Perhaps it's what he left behind ... and the gray hairs it produced.

The robbery of the BofA branch at 1818 S. Euclid St. happened about 5 p.m. Monday, when the man informed a teller he had a bomb and demanded money, according to Anaheim Police Sgt. Bob Dunn, the department spokesman.

He left the bank with an undisclosed amount of cash and hopped onto a blue bicycle to get away.

But he left behind a device that bank employees thought was a bomb, forcing the evacuation of the building. When officers arrived, they also evacuated neighboring businesses as a precaution. The bomb squad determined the realistic-looking device was a hoax and the all clear was given at 7:45 p.m., according to Dunn.

The robber is described as Latino or Middle Eastern, in his mid-30s, 5-foot-9, 160-170 pounds and with a pockmarked face.

He was last seen in a black hat, dark T-shirt and dark shorts.

Anyone with information about his identity or whereabouts is asked to call Orange County Crimestoppers at (855) TIP-OCCS or to send a text message to 24637. All tips may be made anonymously.

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