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$15K reward offered for 2 OC bank robbers

Image provided by the Orange County Sheriff's Department of a man suspected of robbing four Orange County banks along with an accomplice.
Image provided by the Orange County Sheriff's Department of a man suspected of robbing four Orange County banks along with an accomplice.
OC Sheriff's Dept.

Orange County officials today released a photo of one of two men who have robbed four banks in south Orange County, a sheriff's spokesman said.

The two have robbed three Wells Fargo banks and a Bank of America since mid July, said Jim Amormino of the Orange County Sheriff's Department.

They enter banks yelling and cussing and demanding everyone get down on the floor. One of the robbers then jumps over the teller counter and opens the gate so the other robber can enter, he said.

They were dubbed the Pop the Lock Crew by the FBI because they use a pry tool to open locked teller drawers to remove cash, he said.

They robbed a Wells Fargo July 13 in Mission Viejo, a Bank of America July 28 in Dana Point, a Wells Fargo Sept. 30 in Ladera Ranch, and a Wells Fargo Oct. 5 in Laguna Niguel.

In each robbery they used a getaway car that had been stolen in Los Angeles County, Amormino said.

They have worn athletic clothing and masks, but during one of the robberies, one of the men removed his mask as he was leaving, and a security camera captured a "good image'' of the suspect, Amormino said.

Wells Fargo is offering a $15,000 reward for information leading to their arrest and conviction.

Anyone with information on the robbers was asked to call the sheriff's department at (866) TIP-OCSD.