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Two Sought in Takeover Robbery at U.S. Bank Branch

SANTA ANA, Calif.  (KTLA) — Police in Santa Ana on Wednesday were searching for two men in connection with an armed robbery at a U.S. Bank branch.

skeleton-robberSurveillance cameras captured one man entering the bank on Grand Avenue shortly after 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday wearing a hockey mask and a black hooded jacket.

He was seen pointing a handgun at customers and ordering them to lie face-down on the ground.

“This situation is pretty bold,” said Sgt. Jose Gonzalez, of the Santa Ana Police Department.

“This is something that you see clearly in movies where an individual comes in and completely takes over a business,” Gonzalez said.

The man took an employee into a vault and stole a significant amount of cash, according to police.

The gunman and a second man, who was waiting outside as a lookout, then took off on foot, police said.

A witness gave KTLA video from another surveillance camera nearby, which he thinks might show one of the suspects.

Although it was not confirmed by police, the witness said the man looked suspicious, and it appeared that he threw something away.

Police later said that they found some cash in the street.

“It’s struck a nerve… I kind of saw him walking and within a couple of minutes officers just started storming the scene,” the witness, who did not want to be identified, said.

KTLA turned the video over to Santa Ana police, who said they were investigating. U.S. Bank was offering a $10,000 reward in the case.