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FBI helps hunt for pipe-bomb bank robber in Seal Beach

Authorities in Seal Beach are looking for the man shown in this video surveillance footage.
Authorities in Seal Beach are looking for the man shown in this video surveillance footage. Seal Beach Police Department

FBI agents announced they are joining the search for a man who robbed a bank in Seal Beach while apparently wielding a pipe bomb.

The robbery occurred last Friday afternoon at about 3:40 p.m. at U.S. Bank, located in the Leisure World Shopping Center. According to the Seal Beach Police Department, the robber first displayed a handgun to bank employees, then placed what he said was a pipe bomb down on a desk. He then demanded cash, and authorities say he fled with an undisclosed amount.

The robber is described as a white man between 25 and 35 years old, with a thin build and wearing a beige cap and plaid shirt. Anyone with information is urged to contact Seal Beach police Detective Gary Krogman at (562) 799-4100, ext. 1108 or gkrogman@sealbeach.gov.

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