Police last week arrested a bank teller after he claimed he had been the victim of a $8,000 robbery at the drive-in window.
Louie Pimentel, 27, of Downey, a teller at Southern California Bank at 9040 E. Telegraph Road, was arrested Friday on suspicion of grand theft, said Capt. Jim Shade. Pimentel was released on $5,000 bail for arraignment Wednesday in Downey Municipal Court.
"There never was any robbery--he (Pimentel) just pocketed the money," Shade said, adding that $7,700 was found in a police search of Pimentel's house, and the suspect subsequently returned another $280.
Shade said that Pimentel first told police that at 5:40 p.m. Thursday, a customer at the drive-in teller put a note in a pneumatic tube that said, "Keep eyes and hands up. Immediately fill container with $10,000 minimum . . . . Avoid alarm and heroics. Have police radio so wait or bomb in building will blow. Hurry."