2nd Bank Robbed in Ladera Ranch in 2 Weeks
For the second time in two weeks, a bank was robbed in Ladera Ranch. The Union Bank in Mercantile West shopping center was robbed at the 6:00 pm closing time on Tuesday, March 4. The U.S. Bank at 111 Corporate Drive was robbed just 14 days earlier but sheriffs deputies say they don't believe the two robberies are related. In the March 4th robbery, detectives say a man in his early 40s with a dark complexion and thin build (shown left) walked in without a weapon and demanded cash. Surveillance footage of the robbery show the suspect wearing a baseball cap and a white hoodie. Investigators say the suspect ran out with an undisclosed amount of cash towards a residential neighborhood and threw items of clothing on the ground. In the U.S. Bank robbery two weeks earlier, a 5-foot, 4-inch man, described as in his mid-30s and weighing 160 pounds (shown right), handed the teller a note demanding money and left. He was wearing a dark sweatshirt, sunglasses, a gray beanie, jeans and white tennis shoes as shown in the photo here. The Sherriff’s Department is urging anyone with knowledge of either robber to notify the Orange County Bank Robbery Apprehension Task Force at 310-477-6565.