A 73-year-old male suspect was arrested on May 16 after allegedly robbing a Bank of America branch in the 9400 block of Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills.
Police credited a bank employee for helping them identify the suspect. The robbery occurred at approximately 9:50 a.m.
The suspect, identified as Bernard Harris of Los Angeles, entered the bank, gestured that he had a handgun and demanded money. A teller gave the suspect an undisclosed amount of cash and the man fled.
A bank employee recognized the suspect as a man he had seen earlier driving a vehicle at a slow speed on Wilshire Boulevard. Lt. Lincoln Hoshino, with the Beverly Hills Police Department, said the employee remembered the man because he (the employee) was late for work and the man was driving slowly for several blocks. The employee provided information about the suspect’s vehicle, and officers located the green Lexus a short time later near Beverwil Drive, south of Pico Boulevard. Harris was pulled over near Cashio Street and Edris Drive and taken into custody without incident. The stolen money was recovered and no handgun was found.
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