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Man arrested after allegedly picking up discarded bag of money in Marina del Rey bank robbery

November 2, 2010 | 10:16 pm

A man who allegedly picked up a discarded bag of money after a bank robbery in Marina del Rey was booked Tuesday for tampering with evidence, authorities said.

Stephen Mullen was apprehended after a dye pack in the money bag exploded in his pocket, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said.

"Apparently he picked it up and decided to keep it and it blew up on him," said Capt. Mike Parker, adding that Mullen left the money and fled.

A woman who witnessed the explosion saw a man leave and gave his license plate number to deputies, Parker said.

They apprehended Mullen at his Marina del Rey home a few blocks away.

The robber had left the money after entering the bank and passing a note to a teller, authorities said. It was unclear why he fled without the bag.

The robber is described as Latino, 18 to 20 years old, about 5 feet, 7  inches tall and weighing about 145 pounds.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Marina del Rey Sheriff's station at (310) 482-6000. Anonymous calls can be left at (800) 222-8477.

--Robert J. Lopez