A man suspected of wielding a small hatchet and dressing in a bizarre disguise to rob a bank in the same Rowland Heights supermarket where he worked as a courtesy clerk was behind bars Friday.
Gregory Sanchez, 46, of West Covina, is accused of robbing the Bank of America branch in an Albertsons at 19725 Colima Road about 11 a.m. yesterday, said Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. John Saleeby.
The robber wore a Darth Vader mask, pink hospital scrubs, gloves and black wig and carried a hatchet, said Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. John Saleeby.
Working with the FBI, sheriff’s deputies arrested Sanchez three hours later at the supermarket, after he returned to his job as a courtesy clerk, the lieutenant said.
He could not say whether co-workers recognized Sanchez behind the mask, but noted that “detectives pieced some information together from witnesses.”
“Bank robbery is a very serious matter and very frightening to victims and witnesses,” said Saleeby, of the sheriff’s Walnut Station. “We are glad no one was hurt and that we have a suspect in custody.”
Sanchez was being held on $100,000 bail. He is scheduled to appear in Citrus Municipal Court in West Covina Jan. 4.