Bank robbery suspects in Los Angeles began throwing wads of money out of their vehicle as Los Angeles police were pursuing them Wednesday.
The suspects allegedly robbed a Bank of America and fled the scene in a Volvo SUV according to a Huffington Post report. Police located the vehicle shortly after the suspects fled the bank and began pursuing them. During the vehicle pursuit, a suspect sitting in the back of the vehicle began throwing money out the window of the SUV.
As the pursuit passed through neighborhoods, residents began running into the streets to collect discarded money. At one point, residents could be seen running up to the vehicle hoping money would be thrown in their direction.
US News is reporting the chase started when at least four suspects robbed the Santa Clarita Bank of America using a handgun. NBC San Diego reports that the FBI described the robbery as a takeover-style robbery, meaning everyone in the bank was aware a robbery was in progress.
Capt. Mike Parker, spokesman for the Los Angeles Sheriffs Department told WXIA ""This isn't something we see every day. This definitely had some unique aspects to it."
Residents begin running up to bank robber's car hoping to have money thrown at them.
Parker went on to say "If they thought that by throwing money out the window, that it would distract us or have people get in the way and block us -- they're going to run out of money. We're not going to run out of sheriff's deputies. We're not going to run of helicopters. We're going to stick with them."
The suspects' vehicle had to stop when a silver truck blocked the roadway near Kansas and Vernon Avenues. Deputies rushed to the vehicle, guns drawn and pulled both suspects out of the vehicle. A large crowd of people then surrounded deputies, forcing deputies to request additional units for crowd control. As the suspects were taken from the area, residents began clapping and waving at the suspects.