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3 Men Sought in 2 Dozen Southland Bank Robberies

Authorities on Friday sought the public's help to identify three men suspected of robbing at least two dozen Southland banks since November.

The men, considered armed and dangerous, demand money and threaten violence if their demands are not met, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

“We’re dealing with some sophisticated people,” said Det. Charles Geiger of the LAPD’s Robbery-Homicide Division. “As you can see in some of these cases, the same hat is worn by multiple different suspects. The sunglasses, the dark rimmed hat.”

Police say the heists have become increasingly brazen and the robbers have jumped over the teller's counter.

“The next level is people get tied up, maybe somebody gets hurt,” Geiger said.

Security video was released of the suspects robbing the Cathay Bank in Artesia in April.

The investigation was being conducted by personnel from the LAPD; the Federal Bureau of Investigations; the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department; and the Alhambra, Pasadena, and Long Beach police departments.

Anyone with information about the case was urged to call the LAPD's Robbery-Homicide Division at 213-486-6890 or Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS.

City News Service contributed to this report. 

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