Man Sought in Robbery at Chase Bank in Seal Beach; Suspect May Be Linked to Heists in Laguna Beach, Torrance and Playa Vista

Authorities were asking for the public's help in identifying a man wanted for robbing a Chase Bank in Seal Beach on Thursday, and possibly three other local banks within the last two weeks.

Seal Beach police released a surveillance photo of a gunman robbing a Chase Bank on Oct. 27, 2016.

Seal Beach police released a surveillance photo of a gunman robbing a Chase Bank on Oct. 27, 2016.

The most recent bank robbery was reported just before 4 p.m. at the Chase Bank located at 801 Pacific Coast Highway in Seal Beach. The suspect - described as a white male,  was armed with a silver, long-barreled handgun, according to a news release from the Seal Beach Police Department.

"It does take it to another level with the open brandishing of the weapon, and people seeing it and the direct fear of seeing that weapon," Sgt. Michael Ezroj, of the Seal Beach Police Department, told KTLA. "It does at least concern police from our end because now we are responding to what we know and it's confirmed as a weapon."

The suspect was described as standing approximately 6 feet 3 inches tall with a thin build.

Police said he was last seen wearing a black or gray shirt, dark colored jeans and was wearing a black ski mask.

The suspect fled the bank in Seal Beach on foot. Police did not say how much money the robber got away with during the heist.

Seal Beach police released a surveillance photo of a recent robbery in Laguna Beach where a gunman held up a bank in Laguna Beach.

Seal Beach police released a surveillance photo of a recent robbery in Laguna Beach where a gunman held up a bank in Laguna Beach.

Authorities said the suspect matches the description of a gunman who recently robbed banks in Laguna Beach,  Torrance and Playa Vista.

At 3 p.m. on Thursday a masked gunman robbed the Union Bank in Laguna Beach.

On Oct. 12 a man robbed a bank in Torrance, and on Oct. 7 the Bank of America in Playa Vista was robbed, authorities reported.

The bank robberies are under investigation by the FBI and police agencies in multiple jurisdictions.

Anyone with information was asked to call Seal Beach Police Det. Pete Krok at 562-799-4100, ext. 1110.