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Police investigating bank robbery in Santa Maria

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Posted at 5:28 PM, May 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-09 23:54:10-04

UPDATE (Saturday 6:48 p.m.) - In a tweet posted Saturday, the FBI Los Angeles field office said authorities are looking for a male suspect who was wearing a beanie and purple bandana.

He is described as someone in his mid 30's or early 40's.

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UPDATE (Friday 6:51 p.m.) - Santa Maria police say they responded to Community Bank in Santa Maria to reports of a robbery there around 4:45 p.m. Friday.

People say a silent alarm went off and an employee also called police to say a man with a gun and wearing a mask demanded money from a teller. The robber got away with an undisclosed amount of cash, police say.

When police arrived on scene, they surrounded the area in case the robber was still inside the bank but say he had gotten away prior to their arrival.

Investigators say they believe the robber ran away toward Subway before witnesses say he got into a car. A description of the car was not yet known.

The employees said no one was injured but they were shaken up from the incident.

More information is expected to be released Friday evening.

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ORIGINAL STORY: Police are investigating a bank robbery that happened Friday afternoon in Santa Maria.

Santa Maria police were not releasing information on the incident as of 5:20 p.m. saying the situation was still unfolding, but did confirm Community Bank at 1421 S. Broadway had been robbed.

Officers were on scene and crime scene tape was being put up around the bank.

KSBY has a crew heading to the scene and will have more information as it becomes available.