Thursday, May 26, 2016

The Michael Jackson Bandit: All Of Sierra Madre's Bank Robbery Coverage In One Place

Thriller: FBI photo of the Michael Jackson Bandit robbing Sierra Madre's 'Bank of the West'

(Mod: The big news is yesterday's robbery of Sierra Madre's Bank of the West branch. Done at high noon during the ever vigilant SMPD's portion of the law enforcement day, some dude dressed up mostly in white, with a black hat and matching stylish scarf, threatened the very lives of terrified bank employees. He escaped unscathed in an awaiting getaway car. Here is how the news outlets reported this untoward event.)

Los Angeles Times: Sierra Madre bank robbed at gunpoint by bandit in mask and black hat (link): A robber wearing a mask and black hat held up a Sierra Madre bank Wednesday, pepper-spraying three people at gunpoint before fleeing with a bag of money, FBI officials said.

The man clad in a white shirt, white pants, a white mask and a black wide-brimmed hat burst into the Bank of the West on Sierra Madre Boulevard about 1 p.m. and demanded money, Sierra Madre police said.

Laura Eimiller, an FBI spokeswoman, said the man threatened tellers with a semi-auto handgun and released pepper spray.

Officials said the bizarre outfit shielded his features during the takeover robbery. He is believed to have fled in a silver or gray car.

Officials are investigating whether the suspect might be connected to a bank robbery crew that has hit 24 banks in L.A. County since November.

Pasadena Star News: Man robs Sierra Madre bank, pepper sprays employees (link): An armed man wearing an all-white jumpsuit pepper sprayed several employees of a bank he robbed Wednesday, police said.

The man carrying a semi-automatic firearm entered the Bank of the West branch at 100 Sierra Madre Blvd. at 1 p.m., Assistant City Manager Elisa Cox said. “It was a taken-over style robbery,” she said.

The suspect was also wearing a wide-rimmed black hat, a white mask with holes for the eyes and a dark-colored scarf, according to FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimillier. “It was a very violent robbery,” Eimillier said.

No customers were inside the bank at the time. The man exited the bank and got in a silver-colored sedan driven by someone else.

There was no information on the gender of the driver or which direction the car was headed. Officials did not release the amount of money taken. At least three employees were treated at the scene.

The FBI is investigating whether or not this robbery is similar to others in the area, Eimiller said. Bank of the West corporate officials declined to comment about the incident deferring all inquiries to law enforcement.

The Chief gives his assessment
NBC News Southern California: Sierra Madre Bank Robber Sought (link): Police are searching for an armed bank robber who struck a Bank of the West in Sierra Madre Wednesday afternoon.

Around 1 p.m., a man dressed in an all-white jumpsuit, wearing a painters-style mask and a black wide-brimmed hat demanded money and pepper-sprayed employees at the branch in the 100 block of West Sierra Madre BoulevardSierra Madre Boulevard was closed between Hermosa Avenue and Windsor Lane for several hours as the Sierra Madre Police Department and the FBI investigated, according to a Facebook post from the city.

"Fortunately there were no customers in the bank it was just the bank staff," said Chief Larry Giannone. "He immediately walked to the counter, jumped the counter. He then put a gun to the teller's head and demanded $100,000."

The teller gave him what was available. He insisted it wasn't enough, so he went to several other tellers demanding more money. Giannone said he pulled out the pepper spray when he became frustrated that tellers had a difficult time opening one of the drawers.

The robber reportedly made a getaway in a silver colored sedan driven by another unknown suspect.

 Horrified Sierra Madre Facebook readers
City of Sierra Madre Facebook Page (link): At approximately, 1:00pm there was a take-over style robbery at Bank of the West. The suspect was dressed in an all-white jumpsuit with a painters-style mask and a black wide-brimmed hat.

The suspect demanded money and proceeded to pepper spray the employees. The suspect fled in silver colored sedan, driven by an unknown suspect. Residents and visitors are asked to stay clear of the Bank of the West; Sierra Madre Blvd. is closed between Hermosa and Windsor until further notice.

The FBI is responding and assisting the Police Department with the investigation. If you have any information on this robbery, please contact the Police Department at 626-355-1414.


Pasadena Now: Bank Robbery in Sierra Madre (link): A man dressed in an all-white jumpsuit and wearing a mask entered a Bank of the West branch in Sierra Madre and robbed employees Wednesday afternoon, before fleeing with another suspect in a car.

Sierra Madre Assistant City Manager Elisa Cox said it was fortunate there were no bank customers at the time of the robbery at the branch located in the 100 block of West Sierra Madre Blvd.

“At about 1 p.m., a male suspect entered the bank dressed in all white, wearing a painter’s mask and a wide-brimmed black hat,” Cox said. “He demanded money from the employees and pepper-sprayed them. Then he fled in a silver sedan with an unknown driver.”

Cox said they were expecting the FBI to be on the scene and that the city has meanwhile decided to close West Sierra Madre Blvd. where the bank was located, from the Hermosa intersection up to Windsor Lane.

Police are now searching the area for the suspects and are advising anyone with information about the incident to call the Sierra Madre Police Department, (626) 355-1414.

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67 comments:

  1. Why are the police looking in the area? For the silver car? Do they think the robbers were locals who just went home to count their cash? I am so impressed with our well trained police force. Thank you Elaine and the PD for telling the world we have a dwindling , untrained police department. Surprised this hasn't happened sooner. And thank you to all you citizens who voted to keep this lovely institution! Where was the officer that shot the guy in the back when you need him?

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  2. Thanks to the Tattler, the robber has now been dubbed the "Michael Jackson Bandit".

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    1. He was dressed in Ebony and Ivory.

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    2. what a thriller.

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    3. Behind the Mask ......

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    4. lol the FBI is assisting the SMPD

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  3. If every employee in that bank had a firearm......

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    1. Then they could have been murderers...

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    2. The robber had a semiautomatic weapon. If a bank employee missed most of them would have died. The Bank of the West's money is not worth dying for.

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    3. Guns aren't for defense but for offense.

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  4. Our Famous Shooter was polishing his new badge? The rest of the force could have been out of town having lunch. Who knows, we just know they weren't on the job were we needed them. You would have thought someone would have seen what was going on and followed them. Another reason to raise our taxes. Also, don't let them sell the Water Department, that would be a bigger robbery for sure.

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  5. If every employee in that bank had a firearm...they'd probably end up shooting each other.

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    1. Good thing Detective Amos was otherwise occupied.

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    2. Amos only shoots unarmed sleeping perps

      Dead Eye Amos

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  6. This was an inside job, in reality this is what the current Sierra Madre City Council member's are doing to each and every resident no that the UUT passed and their is no oversight or control on those nervous spending fingers in City Hall.

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    1. Do provide some facts supporting your claim that it was an "inside job" 6:27. Or was that just a knee-jerk idiotic statement that libeled the bank employees?

      Try to remember that your factually-deficient, hateful comments should only be directed at public sector employees and council members. Or do you hate bank tellers, because, after all, they also take your money?

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    2. Too much coffee.

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  7. I think this was the act of a desperate Sierra Madre resident trying to save the Library.

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    1. I hope it wasn't Gene Goss.

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  8. What a comedy of errors. Chief Barney had to put in overtime to come to the crime scene. Hi is paid some $250k a year plus pensions to only work ,15 hours a week

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    1. Sounds like Sierra Madre getting robbed by more than one person

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    2. What's with the moustache? Why do so many cops maintain a 1980s era moustache?

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    3. The 25 worst cop mustaches in movies
      http://www.complex.com/pop-culture/2011/11/the-25-worst-cop-mustaches-in-movies/

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  9. I looked at song titles to some of Michael Jackson's songs on the internet and found it eerie that so many could relate to this robbery. Consider the following:
    Smooth Criminal
    Behind the Mask
    Thriller
    Black or White
    Scream
    State of Shock
    Get on the Floor
    Don't Stop Until You Get Enough
    Money
    Breaking News
    Bad
    Workin' Day and Night
    Gone to Soon
    Beat It
    Dangerous
    Wonder if this robber is a Michael Jackson fan?

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    1. I hope this isn't a case of an innocent though susceptible soul being led astray by popular music.

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    3. It's easy as one two three

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  10. I feel empathy for those who experienced this traumatic event. It must have been horrific to have a weapon in ones face, then pepper sprayed. I'm grateful everyone survived. As a long time resident, I'm saddened to see such a devastating crime come to this Village.

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  11. Is the robber holding a T-Mobile bag?

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    1. I thought T-Mobile didn't work in Sierra Madre....must be an outsider.

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    2. No cell company works in Sierra Madre.

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    3. 8:36,
      What was I thinking? Of course, no cell phone company works in Sierra Madre! You are so correct!

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  12. 6:37, it is not nice to lie like that.

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    1. Chief Giannone's total compensation is $193,000. He works long hours.
      http://transparentcalifornia.com/salaries/search/?q=Larry+Giannone

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    2. Why do so many robberies in Sierra Madre take place during the day?

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    3. 7:59, You know why, if they took place in the night, they would have to fear the Sheriffs Department. It's easier in the daytime. The S.M.P.D. is not threatening at all.

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  13. The Bank of the West tellers in Sierra Madre are always helpful and it's a pleasure to work with them. I hope they are all okay.

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  14. Must have been scary.

    Something else that's scary: 6:27 can vote and sit on juries.

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    1. Probably a troll who will then cite his own words as proof of how awful the tattler is.

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  15. I'm grateful the SMPD didn't get there too soon. There's a pretty sophisticated methodology for handling an in-progress bank robbery to avoid hostage situations and gunfire exchanges in the parking lot (in fact, the FBI often hides & lets the robbers leave first). And it helps to have practice. I'd be pretty nervous if one of our local police rolled up in the middle of a takeover.

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    1. Could have been bloody mayhem.

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    2. Nobody should die for the Bank of the West's money. They have lots of it, but you only have one life.

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    3. reminds me of when there was a supposed robbery at the jewelry store. one of our officers was hiding behind a light pole and his gut stuck out - it was comical

      yeah, if our PD had shown up it would have been a ugly dangerous situation

      thank goodness they are slow

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  16. They didn't hit Bank of America.
    Armed guard there. Should be armed guards at all three banks.

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    1. Boa has an armed guarded because they already got hit

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  17. The first photo in today's article reminds me of the Billie Jean video. I am recalling the scene where Michael dances up the spotlighted stair steps, then turns around to see if anyone is following him.

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  18. 6:39 did you have too much coffee yourself or is the obvious too much for you to handle? Please provide your puttied facts to the review board and we will be in contact once we have turned you down, once again!

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    1. Too Much Coffee Man
      http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-tgIqvoW2CDg/TZNMT4ZFqZI/AAAAAAAAAbs/JpwVCAhdhqI/s1600/Too_Much_Coffee_Man.jpg

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    2. 10:15 When you say a robbery is an "inside job," you are accusing the employee of being part of the robbery. That's not hard for you to understand, is it?

      So let's hear some facts supporting that accusation. Or do you just enjoy libeling innocent people behind the veil of anonymity?

      (Yes, your knee-jerk reaction will be that I, too, am anonymous, but that will just demonstrate your lack of critical thinking skills--you are the one who supports 6:27's false statement.)

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  19. Criminals know how to read. When newspaper reports come out that area police agencies are understaffed, ill prepared, etc... a criminal knows exactly how to do it ... aside from the jokes these criminals were watching this bank, knew when to hit, had a strategy in plan and are well on their way...

    This will continue to happen as long as area police departments are portrayed as inept ... I am surprised it did not happen sooner.

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    1. The residents of Sierra Madre have been put in harm's way in order to somehow salvage a faithless police department, many of whose members deserted this community. It is also costing $100,000 a month to have the LASD patrol Sierra Madre at night. Necessary because so many SMPD quit on us. This is bad government at its very worst, enabled by certain political factions in town that are made up of complete idiots.

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    2. 10:43 - don't blame the messenger. Especially when the messenger is right.

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    3. It is a miracle nobody was killed. We might not be so lucky next time.

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    4. Those who can, Do. Those who can't Teach, and rob banks.

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  20. Jessica FletcherMay 26, 2016 at 11:50 AM

    It was Elaine! The red Benz needs an oil change. I have proof but I'm not authorized to release it at this time.

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  21. Uno mas:
    Bank terror: White-clad armed robber attacks Sierra Madre customers
    http://mynewsla.com/crime/2016/05/26/bank-terror-white-clad-armed-robber-attacks-sierra-madre-customers/

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  22. Does anyone know if the bank staff are all okay?

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  23. disgusting thread today, ,right, blame the police and city, not the robber. As if they would be sitting in the bank to foil the robbery suspect.

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    1. Should we thank them? I am not sure what you're asking for here.

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    2. Your general fund dollars at work.

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    3. I'm disgusted with people who say they're disgusted.

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  24. So you think maybe the SMPD hired a Michael Jackson impersonator to create a little bit of local panic on behalf of crime activity? You can hire actors for that.

    http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2015/07/crowd-hiring-politics-campaign-2016/399002/

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    1. Too bad he didn't bring Bubbles.

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  25. i'm little late on this one, but thankfully no one was hurt. so close to the police station and with a serious weapon- had the smpd shown up it could have gotten ugly and escalated really fast. maybe this is one of those times where a late response was a safe response.

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    1. maybe i should rephrase that to killed. i know the people t the bank were not only hurt, but frightened. what a horrible episode. thankfully michael jackson-ing the robber took some of the edge off the event. gallow's humor, if you will.

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