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VENTURA COUNTY FOCUS | SIMI VALLEY

Supermarket Bank Branch Is Robbed

September 19, 1998|HOLLY J. WOLCOTT

A man held up a Bank of America branch inside a Vons grocery store Friday, the day after a local credit union was robbed, authorities said.

The bank robbery occurred about 11 a.m. on the city's north side at 1855 Cochran St. A man handed a note to a teller and then fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash, Simi Valley Police Lt. Kenneth Tacke said.

Shoppers were in the store when the heist occurred, but no one was injured. Tacke said the teller believed the robber may have had a gun, although no weapon was seen.

It was the county's second robbery of a bank branch in a Vons supermarket in five days. A Wells Fargo branch in Oxnard was robbed on Monday.

On Thursday, two men were arrested in Los Angeles after a noontime armed robbery at Premier Credit Union at 400 Country Wide Way, about a mile east of the Bank of America branch that was held up Friday.

Los Angeles residents Victor Sanchez, 39, and Oscar Hungaray, 25, remained jailed Friday night on suspicion of robbery. They were captured by LAPD officers after a 30-minute high-speed chase by a Ventura County sheriff's deputy on the Ronald Reagan Freeway, authorities said.

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