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LAPD Seeks Man Who Robbed Credit Union Across from Its HQ

By Eric Richardson
Published: Tuesday, December 15, 2009, at 09:41AM
Southland Credit Union Robber Southland Credit Union

Surveillance photos show a man who yesterday robbed the Southland Credit Union at 2nd and Spring.



Surveillance photos were released this morning showing a man who yesterday robbed the Southland Credit Union at 2nd and Spring, just steps away from LAPD's new headquarters.

The black male suspect handed the teller a demand note at 10:25am. He then placed the cash -- including an exploding dye pack -- in a polka dot backpack and rode away on a mountain bike.

The bicycle was recovered minutes later in Little Tokyo, but the suspect, dubbed by blogdowntown the "Polka Dot Backpack Bandit," is at large. Lt. Paul Vernon of Central Division this morning urged anyone who recognizes the suspect to notify the LAPD or FBI.

The bank was also robbed on August 24, though police say that robbery was by a different man.

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