3 Suspects Rob Escondido Bank in Stolen Car

Suspects wore masks and gloves and held up the bank with semi-automatic handguns

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    Three masked men robbed an Escondido bank Monday evening, threatening the bank's employees and customers with semi-automatic handguns, police said.

    The suspects held up the U.S. Bank on East Valley Parkway just before 5 p.m. Monday, according to officials with the Escondido Police Department.

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    Investigators are still looking for the three men who robbed this Escondido US bank. A robbery that took a lot of planning. NBC7s Tony Shin talks with Lt. Chris Wynn with Escondido Police and Darrell Foxworth with the FBI in this report.

    Witness reports to police said the suspects parked a Toyota in front of the bank and two of the suspects got out wearing ski masks and gloves.

    The two men ordered everyone inside the bank to the floor then one did something unusual.

    "One of the suspects actually jumped over the counter, went behind the counter," said Lt. Chris Wynn with Escondido Police.

    No shots were fired during the robbery and no one was injured.

    Authorities don't know yet how much money the suspects took.

    Later, the vehicle used in the robbery was recovered about one block south of the bank. Investigators determined the car was stolen earlier that day.

    The suspects are still at large.

    "The majority of bank robberies that we see on a national scale are one on one demand notes," said Darrell Foxworth with the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

    Foxworth said takeover-style robberies like the one at the U.S. Bank are far less common and much more dangerous.

    Investigators say at this point it's unclear if the robbers got into another car or just simply walked away on foot.

    Anyone with information about this robbery is encouraged to contact San Diego County Crimestoppers.

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