A man wearing a military-type mask held up a Moreno Valley bank today, left a “suspicious device” inside the building and stole a bank employee’s vehicle to make his getaway, a sheriff’s spokesman said.
The robbery was reported around 8:30 a.m. at a Chase branch at 27040 Fir Ave.
Employees were approached by a masked man with a handgun as they were opening up the bank for the day, sheriff’s Deputy Albert Martinez said.
“Once the suspect was inside, he did take some money. He also placed a suspicious device on a counter or table. Our hazardous device team is checking it with a robot,” Martinez said about 11 a.m.
On his way out, the suspect took two employees’ keys and stole one of their vehicles, which was recovered and was being checked for possible suspicious devices, Martinez said.
No one was hurt.
“Both scenes, they’re still working with robots and the hazardous device team,” he said late this morning.
The suspect was described as 5 feet 10 inches tall, with a muscular build, wearing a black long-sleeved shirt, a black mask, olive military-style pants and black military boots.
Anyone with information was asked to call deputies at 951-486-6700.