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A Santa Monica police officer lets a Chase bank employee back into the building following a robbery on Tuesday. (photo by Daniel Archuleta)

DOWNTOWN — The Chase bank branch on Fourth Street was robbed Tuesday afternoon, the suspect making off with an undisclosed amount of cash after passing a note to a teller, authorities said.

No one was injured in the robbery, which occurred around 1:30 p.m. on the 1300 block of Fourth Street, said Santa Monica Police Sgt. Richard Lewis.

Police blocked off the bank’s entrances shortly after the robbery and forensics investigators were seen dusting for fingerprints.

The suspect was described as an African-American male in his 40s and weighing around 200 pounds. He was wearing a short-sleeve, plaid-type shirt and green Dockers, police said.

He walked into the branch, passed a note to a teller essentially ordering her to “put her hands up,” said Laura Eimiller, spokesperson for the FBI, which is investigating in conjunction with Santa Monica detectives.

“The only thing he actually said was the word ‘now’ in a commanding tone,” Eimiller said.

The suspect is not believed to be connected to other bank robberies in the area.

Anyone with information is urged to contact the FBI at (888) CANTHIDE (226-8443), or the SMPD at (310) 458-8427.

Anyone wishing to remain anonymous may call the WeTip hotline at (800) 78-CRIME (27463) or submit the tip online at www.wetip.com. Tipsters can also contact Crime Stoppers by either calling (800) 222-TIPS, texting from their mobile, or by visiting www.lacrimestoppers.org. Callers may remain anonymous and may be qualified to receive a $1,000 reward from Crime Stoppers.

kevinh@www.smdp.com

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