Adding to Other Recent Incidents at Some of the Road’s More Than 150 Dining Spots and Retailers
By Zach Armstrong
Another thief has impacted business operations along Montana Avenue in Santa Monica as the FBI and SMPD are investigating an armed robbery that took place Sept. 22.
The suspect, who both entities are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying, robbed First Citizens Bank at 1630 Montana Ave. at around 9:25 a.m. before fleeing in a black colored BMW X5 SUV. Released photos show the suspect discreetly pointing a firearm over the countertop. First Citizens did not immediately respond to inquiry from Mirror Media Group on how the event transpired.
This is an additional burglary incident in recent weeks that impacted some of the more than 150 dining spots and retailers established on the tree-lined stretch of road. Three dining spots were broken into earlier this month by suspects described as wearing ski masks and fleeing in a dark-colored sedan. The thieves smashed windows of all three locations, which included those of frozen yogurt franchise Pinkberry and coffeehouse Bardonna, while vegan restaurant Margo’s was also robbed of several thousand dollars in cash.
Anyone with information or details on Friday’s robbery are asked to call FBI Los Angeles at 310-477-6565 or SMPD at 310-458-8491 with tips.