Point Loma Bank Robbed, Suspicious Package Left Behind

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    NBC 7 San Diego
    An aerial view of the bank in Point Loma following a robbery Wednesday night in which the suspect left behind a suspicious package.

    A bank in Point Loma was robbed Wednesday evening and the suspect left behind a suspicious package at the scene, officials confirmed.

    According to authorities, the robbery happened around 5 p.m. at the AmericanWest Bank located at 1350 Rosecrans St. near Emerson Street.

    The unknown suspect entered the bank, placed a suspicious device on a teller's counter and demanded cash. After getting some money, he fled the bank, leaving behind the suspicious device.

    The Metro Arson Strike Team (MAST) responded to the scene.

    Officials later confirmed the suspicious device was not dangerous, but was rather some sort of large battery wrapped in tape.

    No injuries were reported.

    Officials said surveillance cameras at the bank captured clear images of the suspect, which will be thoroughly reviewed. A suspect desrciption was not immediately available.

    On Saturday, a similar bank robbery occurred at a Chase Bank on Palm Avenue in Imperial Beach. In that case, an unknown male suspect robbed the bank and left behind a suspicious gray box riddled with wires on the teller counter. After several hours, bomb squad officials were able to determine that the device was not dangerous.

    Officials are trying to determine if the two robberies are in any way related.

    Check back for updates on this story.

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