Robbers Spill Money in Pursuit

Gallery of photos from live video of pursuit.

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In South Los Angeles, a huge crowd gathered around black Volvo driven by alleged bank robbers after a lengthy car chase that started in Canyon Country on Sept. 12, 2012. The robbers threw money and clothing out of the windows of the car as they fled.
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In this image, a woman reaches for a dog that jumped out of her car and ran toward the alleged bank robbers. Witnesses said the dog ran right into an area where sheriff deputies were pointing their guns at the alleged robbers.
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Alleged bank robbers toss money out of the window of a black Volvo SUV during a police pursuit on Sept. 12, 2012.
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Alleged bank robbers led L.A. County sheriff deputies on a lengthy chase on Wednesday, from a Bank of America branch in Canyon Country to the streets of South Los Angeles. In this image, the black Volvo SUV driven by the alleged robbers crosses the center line in a local street.
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Wednesday's chase of alleged bank robbers drew national attention as the driver or a passenger started throwing money out of the windows of the black Volvo SUV that apparently served as the getaway car.
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Sheriff deputies chased a black Volvo SUV on freeways and city streets as it zoomed from Canyon Country to South Los Angeles. The occupants of the SUV are suspected of robbing a Bank of America branch in Canyon Country. They threw money out of the windows of the SUV as they were being chased.
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It's hard to see, but the money is the white stuff that looks like trash at the bottom of the image.
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Officers arrive to control crowd and make arrest as the "Robin Hood" chase draws to a close in South Los Angeles.
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This image shows the driver of the black Volvo SUV as he is being taken into custody.
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In this image, a man emerges from the driver's side of a Volvo SUV that led sheriff's deputies on a chase from Canyon Country to South Los Angeles after a bank robbery on Wednesday. One deputy is behind the man and others approach from the front as the alleged bank robber is taken into custody.
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Deputies surround the driver of the black Volvo SUV as he is taken into custody. Deputies chased the car from Canyon Country, where a Bank of America branch was robbed, to South Los Angeles. Along the way money was thrown out of the vehicle.
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One of two bank robbery suspects who led police on a miles-long chase from Santa Clarita to South Los Angeles was in custody Wednesday. Another suspect in the robbery was arrested in Sylmar, and a fourth remains at large, police said.
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By the time the chase came to an end in South Los Angeles, a crowd had gathered.
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A deputy walks through the crowd, heading toward the scene where the so-called Robin Hood bank robbers ended a police chase that ranged from Canyon Country to South Los Angeles. The robbers threw money out of the window of their car as they drove, prompting the nickname.
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An unidentified woman in a green jacket jumped into the suspect vehicle through an open window, appeared to grab something then retreated into the crowd.
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A woman dances as part of a crowd that gathered at the end of the so-called Robin Hood chase, in which suspected bank robbers led police from Canyon Country to South Los Angeles, throwing money and clothing out of their black Volvo SUV as they drove. The dancing crowd chanted, "We want money!"
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Many witnesses likened the alleged robbers to a folk hero known for taking from the rich and giving to the poor. "He was throwing money out," said witness "Cash" Lee. "He's a Robin Hood for me."
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College student Tia Marks was caught in the chaotic crowd as she was driving home from the store. "No, I didn’t feel safe," she said. "And I couldn’t get home because my street was blocked off. It was crazy. It was like a riot. People were running over my car, asking to get in the car. … It was a lot."
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In the mad rush, some saw the desperation of many residents in one of LA's less affluent neighborhoods – risking their lives to scoop up some cash. "That, I think, was unsafe, but it’s a sign of the times," said Carlton Lewis, tattoo artist.
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Gary Cabral, grocery store worker, says he couldn't resist grabbing a few bills. "I just want the hundreds," he said. "They should’ve thrown the bags."
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Police emphasized that receiving stolen property is itself a crime, and urged any residents who picked up the flying bills to return them to a police station. LAPD Cmdr. Andrew Smith says several people have already begun to turn in $1 and $20 bills.
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