It was probably quicker than waiting in line for a teller. Police are looking for a lone gunman in a hurry who robbed three banks in 25 minutes.
Lt. Tim Stehr of the suburban Burbank police department said that after interviewing witnesses, detectives believed the same man walked into the banks on Wednesday, brandished a handgun and demanded cash.
The first robbery took place at 11 a.m. at a local savings bank. At 11.15 a.m. the robber walked into another bank about half a mile away and took off with an undetermined amount of cash, Stehr said.
Ten minutes later and another half mile away the man was helping himself to more money at a third bank.
Los Angeles has the reputation of being the bank robbery capital of the nation, but Burbank police said they had never heard of three such rapid bank robberies carried out by the same suspect.
"He must have been in a great hurry to raise cash," a spokesman said.
No one was hurt in the robberies and the size of the gunman's haul was not immediately known.