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'Courtesy clerk' arrested in bank robbery at Albertsons in Rowland Heights [Updated]

December 31, 2010 | 10:41 am


A man dressed in pink hospital scrubs and a Darth Vader mask robbed a bank inside a grocery store Friday  in Rowland Heights, but Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies said they didn't have to go far to find him. Bank_photo

The man, who was not immediately identified, was a "courtesy clerk" at the same Albertsons grocery store in the 19000 block of Colima Road where a Bank of America branch was located, said sheriff's Capt. Mike Parker.

At about 11 a.m., a man carrying a hatchet and dressed in a Darth Vader-type mask, pink scrubs, a black wig and gloves approached a bank teller and demanded money.

Sheriff's officials would not say how much was taken from the bank but during their investigation determined that the thief worked in the Albertsons supermarket. He was arrested about three hours later at another location, Parker said.

Gregory_sanchez "The robber's elaborate disguise did not keep from getting caught later on," Parker said.

[Updated at 12:33 p.m.: The suspect was identified as Gregory Sanchez, 46, of West Covina. He is being held in lieu of $100,000 bail, authorities said. He was arrested about three hours later at the same Albertsons where he works and where the crime took place, Parker said. An earlier report said Sanchez was arrested at a different location.]


-- Andrew Blankstein

Top photo: Bank surveillance image of a man brandishing a hatchet while wearing a disguise.

Credit: Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department

Bottom photo: Gregory Sanchez

Credit: Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department