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By Mary O’Keefe | April 9, 2009
A suspect dubbed the “Sleeves Bandit” by the FBI was arrested Friday in Northern California after police responded to an bank robbery in progress call. Michael Anthony Koselka, 54, of Aptos was arrested in Marysville as officers were investigating a robbery in progress at Tri-Counties Bank. Police units noticed the driver, later identified as Koselka, in a black Saab leaving the area and attempted to stop the vehicle. The suspect ignored officers and a chase began in West Marysville.
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By Veronica Rocha | October 19, 2009
LA CRESCENTA — A man who threatened a Citibank teller Monday morning walked away from the Foothill Boulevard branch with about $5,000 in cash, sheriff’s officials said. The man entered the bank on the 2600 block of Foothill Boulevard at 10:08 a.m., approached the teller and demanded money, said Lt. Greg Sisneros of the Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s station. The teller handed the money over to the man, who exited the bank and walked south from the building, he said.
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By Anita S. Brenner | February 8, 2012
Recent local developments have given rise to a new basis for the local slogan (“We're No. 2!”). The slogan is often applied to education, now that LCHS is No. 2 on some, but not all, standardized test results applicable to public secondary schools in a state that does not rank in the top two. Suddenly, there's a new reason for La Cañadoids to proclaim, “We're No. 2!” La Cañada Flintridge will soon be home to not one, but two 7-Eleven stores. Whoop-de-do! When I was a young public defender, we always referred to the chain as “2-Elevens,” because robberies in California are a violation of Penal Code section 211. Obviously we were young, gifted worry warts.
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Megan O'Neil | June 15, 2010
A bank robbery in La Cañada Flintridge was foiled Friday after a dye pack activated and the suspect abandoned the cash, authorities said. The suspect entered Citizens Business Bank in the 800 block of Foothill Boulevard at noon on Friday. He passed a note to a teller stating he had a gun and demanded money, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Sgt. Ray Harley said. No weapon was seen during the incident. The teller complied with the note, and the suspect left with an undetermined amount of cash, Harley said.
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By Megan O'Neil, megan.oneil@latimes.com | October 11, 2010
Sheriff's detectives arrested Thursday a Los Angeles man in connection to a robbery at a La Cañada Flintridge bank in June. William Alexander, 47, was arrested at his home in the Echo Park neighborhood of Los Angeles after detectives secured a warrant to search the location. "He was booked for robbery at the Crescenta Valley Station and is currently being held on $100,000 bail," Sgt. Ray Harley said. Shortly after noon on June 11, a white male that detectives believe may have been Alexander entered the Citizens Business Bank in the 800 block of Foothill Boulevard in La Cañada.
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June 9, 2005
by Mary O'Keefe Nearly a week after allegedly robbing a La Cañada Flintridge bank, a Montrose resident continued Wednesday to be the target of a search by law enforcement officials. Michael Mason Wolke, 58, is sought in the robbery that occurred June 3 at the Washington Mutual Bank located at 749 Foothill Blvd. Wolke is also a suspect in an attempted purse snatching in Glendale that occurred just 34 minutes before the La Cañada robbery. No one was injured in either incident, but Wolke is considered armed and dangerous, said Detective Keith Gibbons of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.
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By Jennifer Berry | June 16, 2005
Santa Barbara County Sheriff's deputies are taking turns guarding a Montrose man under arrest in a Santa Barbara hospital on suspicion of robbing the La Cañada Flintridge Washington Mutual branch June 3. Michael Mason Wolke, 58, was found June 9 in a hotel room in Santa Barbara suffering from a drug overdose and pneumonia. Medical personnel who transported him to the hospital did not know about a $1.17 million warrant issued for his arrest, but Glendale Police Department Det. Keith Soboleski said he received an anonymous phone call that Wolke was in the hospital.
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By Anita S. Brenner | February 8, 2012
Recent local developments have given rise to a new basis for the local slogan (“We're No. 2!”). The slogan is often applied to education, now that LCHS is No. 2 on some, but not all, standardized test results applicable to public secondary schools in a state that does not rank in the top two. Suddenly, there's a new reason for La Cañadoids to proclaim, “We're No. 2!” La Cañada Flintridge will soon be home to not one, but two 7-Eleven stores. Whoop-de-do! When I was a young public defender, we always referred to the chain as “2-Elevens,” because robberies in California are a violation of Penal Code section 211. Obviously we were young, gifted worry warts.
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By Megan O'Neil, megan.oneil@latimes.com | October 11, 2010
Sheriff's detectives arrested Thursday a Los Angeles man in connection to a robbery at a La Cañada Flintridge bank in June. William Alexander, 47, was arrested at his home in the Echo Park neighborhood of Los Angeles after detectives secured a warrant to search the location. "He was booked for robbery at the Crescenta Valley Station and is currently being held on $100,000 bail," Sgt. Ray Harley said. Shortly after noon on June 11, a white male that detectives believe may have been Alexander entered the Citizens Business Bank in the 800 block of Foothill Boulevard in La Cañada.
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Megan O'Neil | June 15, 2010
A bank robbery in La Cañada Flintridge was foiled Friday after a dye pack activated and the suspect abandoned the cash, authorities said. The suspect entered Citizens Business Bank in the 800 block of Foothill Boulevard at noon on Friday. He passed a note to a teller stating he had a gun and demanded money, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Sgt. Ray Harley said. No weapon was seen during the incident. The teller complied with the note, and the suspect left with an undetermined amount of cash, Harley said.
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By Veronica Rocha | October 20, 2009
LA CRESCENTA — A man who threatened a Citibank teller Monday morning walked away from the Foothill Boulevard branch with about $5,000 in cash, sheriff’s officials said. The man entered the bank on the 2600 block of Foothill Boulevard at 10:08 a.m., approached the teller and demanded money, said Lt. Greg Sisneros of the Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s station. The teller handed the money over to the man, who exited the bank and walked south from the building, he said.
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By Mary O’Keefe | April 9, 2009
A suspect dubbed the “Sleeves Bandit” by the FBI was arrested Friday in Northern California after police responded to an bank robbery in progress call. Michael Anthony Koselka, 54, of Aptos was arrested in Marysville as officers were investigating a robbery in progress at Tri-Counties Bank. Police units noticed the driver, later identified as Koselka, in a black Saab leaving the area and attempted to stop the vehicle. The suspect ignored officers and a chase began in West Marysville.
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June 9, 2005
by Mary O'Keefe Nearly a week after allegedly robbing a La Cañada Flintridge bank, a Montrose resident continued Wednesday to be the target of a search by law enforcement officials. Michael Mason Wolke, 58, is sought in the robbery that occurred June 3 at the Washington Mutual Bank located at 749 Foothill Blvd. Wolke is also a suspect in an attempted purse snatching in Glendale that occurred just 34 minutes before the La Cañada robbery. No one was injured in either incident, but Wolke is considered armed and dangerous, said Detective Keith Gibbons of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.
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