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Apr 18, 2014 6:37 AM by Lindsay MacLeod, KSBY News

Two people in custody in connection with bank robbery in Atascadero

Atascadero Police say two people are in custody following the bank robbery Thursday at the Chase bank on El Camino Real in Atascadero.

Police arrested a man around 6:00 p.m. Thursday in the parking lot near Walgreens on El Camino Real.

Police say the man is Hispanic, but he had white makeup on his face. An anonymous witness called police, suspicious because the man was wearing makeup.

Police were also given the description of a vehicle seen leaving the scene of the bank robbery. An officer patrolling nearby spotted a car matching the suspect vehicle description, and stopped the car.

Witnesses say police then surrounded the car with guns drawn for about 45 minutes before the suspect climbed out of the trunk and surrendered.

"It's routine for our officers to patrol around banks, and several banks have security now because of the recent robberies, but generally officers are out patrolling, and I think that's what made this arrest happen so quickly," said Sgt. Gregg Meyer of the Atascadero Police Department.

Officers say the robber told tellers he had a gun, and he took off with money.

Police say a woman was also taken into custody.

"She was very upset, crying so hard. Throwing up because she was crying so hard, and then she wanted to go out the back (of Walgreens) because she didn't want to see the guy," said Reanna Hite, a witness.

This is the third bank robbery in San Luis Obispo County in the past month.

On March 21, the Bank of America in Pismo Beach was robbed, and on April 3, the Bank of America in Arroyo Grande was robbed.

The FBI believes the same person was responsible for those two robberies.

Atascadero Police are working with the FBI to determine if Thursday's bank robbery is related.

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