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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Southern California used to be known as the "Bank Robbery Capital of the World."

No more.

The Los Angeles Times reports the number of robberies has declined, part of a larger trend that has seen crime rates fall across the nation.

There were 212 bank robberies last year — the lowest since the 1960s — in a seven-county region overseen by the FBI's Los Angeles office.

During the worst year in 1992, more than two dozen Los Angeles banks were robbed in a single day.

Authorities say better security at banks such as bulletproof acrylic glass has made it harder for bandits to get access to money. They also credit the ability to make high-resolution images of robbers available to the public through the Internet.

Published in National News

St. Louis, MO (KTRS) - The man who crashed his vehicle and then shot himself in the head after a bank robbery in North County Wednesday, has died.

 

25-year-old Tye Kaufman was pronounced dead this morning. Police say Kaufman robbed the US Bank in the 2200 block of North 67. After the robbery, police spotted Kaufman's car and started to chase him. At 270 and Lindbergh, Kaufman crashed into a concrete wall. When police approached the car, they heard a single gunshot and found Kaufman in the car.

 

Prior to the robbery, Kaufman had no criminal record. 

Published in Local News

St. Louis, MO (KTRS) - The suspect in a north county bank robbery is in the hospital in critical condition after police say he shot himself in the head.

 

The incident started shortly after 10 AM when the suspect robbed a US Bank on Lindbergh. Florissant Police spotted the suspect's vehicle shortly after the robbery and started to chase the vehicle. Near I-270 and Lindbergh the suspect crashed into a concrete guardrail. Officers said that as they approached the car, they heard a gunshot.

 

They found the suspect with a gunshot to the head. No one at the bank was hurt. The suspect's name has not been released.

Published in Local News
Friday, 14 March 2014 06:21

US Bank on The Hill Robbed

The FBI has released surveillance images of a man who robbed a bank Thursday afternoon in The Hill neighborhood. The suspect is described as a Caucasian man in his late 20s or early 30s standing between 5'8" and 6'0" tall. He has a medium build and tattoos on his fingers near his knuckles on at least one hand. He was last seen wearing a dark knit hat, light-colored scarf, dark coat, and blue jeans.
 
Authorities say the man walked into the U.S. Bank in the 5300 block of Southwest Avenue around 1 p.m. and handed a teller a note announcing the robbery. He ran from the bank with an undisclosed amount of cash.
 
If you have any information regarding the identity of this man, call CrimeStoppers at 866-371-TIPS. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.
Published in Local News
Friday, 07 February 2014 16:54

Suspect robs Pulaski Bank on Grand

A search is underway for a suspect in a St. Louis bank robbery.

 

St. Louis Police say a man walked into the Pulaski Bank at 3760 South Grand and handed the teller a note demanding money. After getting the cash, the suspect ran away.

 

The suspect is described as a black male wearing a baseball cap and a black hooded sweater. Anyone with information should contact the St. Louis Police or the FBI.

Published in Local News
Thursday, 19 December 2013 12:56

North St. Louis County bank robbed

St. Louis County Police and the FBI are working together to investigate a bank robbery.

 

A Fifth Third Bank in Ferguson was robbed today. Witnesses told police that the suspect told a teller he had a gun and demanded money. The suspect made of with cash.

 

No description of the suspect has been released.

Published in Local News
Wednesday, 13 November 2013 15:40

Police release photos of bank robbery suspect

Police have released pictures of the suspect in a bank robbery Wednesday morning.

The man  robbed the US Bank inside the Butler Hill Schnucks around 11am. The robber handed the teller a note implying he had a weapon and demanding money.  He then left the bank with an undisclosed amount of cash.  No one was injured in the incident.

Witnesses describe the suspect as a white male in his 30′s with a thin build and a scruffy beard.  He was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and a black hat.

If you recognize the robber call Crimestoppers at 1-866-371-TIPS or the St. Louis County Police Department at 314-889-2341.

Published in Local News

ST. LOUIS, Mo (KTRS) The FBI sent KTRS News surveillance photos of the suspects from the bank robbery in St. Louis Tuesday.

The PNC Bank on South Grand near Ted Drewes' was robbed just after 10:30 a.m.

Federal agents tell us both suspects are black and could have been armed. One of the perps is about 6-foot-2 and 250 pounds. He was wearing a flannel shirt over a dark hoodie. The hood partially covered a red knit cap that may have the words "St. Louis" on the front. He was also wearing jeans and tennis shoes.

The other suspect was more slender and stands about 6-foot-5. He was wearing a burgundy sweater vest over a white top, and jeans. He draped some type of blue clothing over his head.

Police are offering a $1,000 reward for tips that lead to an arrest.

Copy and paste this link into your browser to see the surveillance photos: http://bandittrackerstlouis.com/2013/11/pnc-bank-2/

 

 

Published in Local News
Tuesday, 05 November 2013 12:35

South St. Louis bank robbed

Police search for a pair of bank robbery suspects today.

Fox 2 reports that the PNC Bank on South Grand near Ted Drewes' was robbed. Two men stole an undisclosed amount of money and sped off in a gray Cadillac. No word of any injuries during the robbery.

Published in Local News
Saturday, 26 October 2013 09:21

Carjacking and robbery suspect facing charges

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A man accused of carjacking a vehicle at a suburban St. Louis hospital, then robbing a credit union, is now facing charges.

Charges of first-degree robbery, armed criminal action and resisting arrest were filed Friday against 34-year-old Robert Gusman of St. Louis County. He is jailed on $100,000 bond.

Authorities say Gusman carjacked a Cadillac at St. Anthony Medical Center on Thursday, then drove to Arsenal Credit Union and robbed the facility. He was later arrested on Interstate 55 after a chase.

Gusman's mother reported him missing on Wednesday, saying she had not seen or heard from him since October 17th.

Published in Local News
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