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Two Suspects Arrested for Bank Robbery Spree

On Friday, May 4, a man and a woman were arrested by the Los Angeles Police Department after they went inside a U.S. Bank located in the 10100 block of Riverside Dr. in North Hollywood.

Both suspects are believed to be responsible for a spree of bank robberies throughout Southern California that took place over the past two months.

On April 20 at 3:40 p.m., U.S. Bank at 1720 W. Olive Ave. in Burbank was robbed after a man delivered a note to a bank teller asking for money. A witness in the bank tried to detain the man, but was unable. The suspect was armed with a pellet gun resembling a real handgun, which he left at the scene.

On April 30 at 2:15 p.m., the same man robbed U.S. Bank located at 240 N. San Fernando Blvd. using a similar note.

Courtesy of Burbank Police Department

Courtesy of Burbank Police Department

Burbank Police investigating both robberies met with law enforcement agencies and learned the same suspect was connected to robberies that took place in Newhall, Valencia, Pico Rivera, Orange County, and an attempted bank robbery in Van Nuys.

Evidence collected in the first Burbank bank robbery helped police identify the suspect as James Hamill, 27 of Valencia. BPD also identified an accomplice, who is believed to have been his getaway driver in at least one of the robberies. She has been identified as Samantha Yaworski, 22 of Valencia.

On May 2, arrest warrants were issued for both suspects.

On May 7, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office filed six counts of robbery in addition to two counts of attempted robbery against Hamill, with one count of attempted robbery against Yaworski.

Currently, Hamill is in custody, held on $400,000 bail. Yaworski is also in custody on $50,000 bail.

Pasadena Man Sentenced for Bank Robberies, Including Burbank US Bank

On March 26, Shownee Shon Smith, 41 of Pasadena, was sentenced for committing six bank robberies throughout summer 2017.

Shownee Shon Smith during May of 2017 bank robbery in Burbank (Photo supplied by the Burbank Police Department)

Smith’s first bank robbery occurred on May 15 at branches of US Bank in Burbank. On the same day, he continued his spree and robbed Wells Fargo in South Pasadena. Smith also robbed Chase Bank in East Pasadena on May 20, as well as Chase Bank in North Hollywood and Citibank in Tarzana, both on May 27.

Smith was arrested after committing his final robbery at Wells Fargo on June 10 when he held a shotgun at a bank teller’s head while demanding money. Police responded to a 911 call and apprehended Smith after he left the building. Prior to this incident, Smith had allegedly written notes to demand money from bank tellers.

Smith was sentenced to over 10 years in prison by United States District Judge Percy Anderson. Additionally, Smith was sentenced to five years of supervised release. He was also ordered to pay $20,285 in restitution to the banks where his crimes took place.

The case is a part of an investigation conducted by the FBI, which partnered with the Burbank Police Department, the Pasadena Police Department, the South Pasadena Police Department, the Los Angeles Police Department, and the Santa Monica Police Department.

Smith is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Carolyn Small of the General Crimes Section.

Police Catch Magnolia Park Bank Robbery Suspect

On August 17, 2017, at about 5:20 pm, Burbank Police responded to Bank of America, located at 3400 West Magnolia Boulevard, following a reported robbery that just occurred.

When Police Officers arrived, they learned a man had entered the bank, approached a teller, and passed a note stating he was armed with a gun and demanding cash. The teller walked away from the suspect, at which time he fled the bank. The suspect did not obtain any money from the teller prior to leaving. With the assistance of air support, officers conducted a search for the suspect, but did not locate him.

Burbank Police Detectives investigating the case viewed surveillance footage of the suspect inside the bank and recognized him from an unrelated police investigation several hours earlier. The suspect was believed to be the same person involved in a disturbance call in the 1200 block of Clybourn Avenue.

The following morning, August 18, at around 8:30 A.M., Burbank Police responded to a call of a vehicle driving recklessly in the area of Burbank Boulevard and Mariposa Street. The vehicle was located and stopped by Police Officers, who detained the driver. It was then discovered the driver was the suspect believed to be responsible for the attempted robbery of Bank of America, as well as the disturbance call earlier that day.

The suspect has been identified as Mark Logan, a 54-year-old man from Burbank.

Bank of America in Magnolia Park

While detained, Logan behaved erratically. He was uncooperative and kicked a Burbank Police Officer. The officer was not injured during the incident. Logan was placed under arrest and booked into the Burbank City Jail. While in-custody, Logan made statements implicating himself in the attempted robbery of Bank of America.

On August 21, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office filed one count each of attempted robbery, resisting arrest by use of force or violence, delaying and obstructing a police officer, and reckless driving, all against Logan. He is currently being held without bail. Logan’s next court date is scheduled for September 5, 2017.

Cash Stolen in Chase Bank Robbery

An unknown amount of cash was taken during a robbery at the Chase Bank at the corner of San Fernando and Burbank at approximately 1:30 Saturday afternoon.

Burbank police officers responded to the location regarding a robbery investigation.  The unknown suspect (described as Male, Black approximately 50 years of age) entered the bank as a regular customer.

The suspect waited in line and when it was his turn, handed the teller a note.  The suspect was given an undetermined amount of US currency and he left the location.  There was no mention of a weapon and none was seen.


The investigation is on-going in this case.

Possible Bank Robbery Stopped Before It Happens

Two would be bank robbers got caught by Burbank Police before they could rob a local bank, because they didn’t have enough money to pay the cab driver who drove them to the bank.

Burbank Police report that officers responded to a report of a disturbance between a cab driver and two men, in the parking lot of Pavilions on Alameda Ave. at 12:35 p.m. on Tuesday, October 9.  When they arrived they found a cab driver who told them two men didn’t have enough money to pay their fare.  One of the men was still seated in the cab.  The other had gone inside the nearby Chase Bank at 1030 W. Alameda Ave.

Officers contacted the man in the cab, Spencer Wygle, 26, of Burbank.  They discovered that Wygle had a syringe loaded with what they believed to be heroin.  The cab driver directed them to the second man, who was waiting in line at the bank.  They escorted the man, Evan Kent, 27, of Glendale, out of the bank to talk to him about the cab fare. A bank employee then alerted officers to a bag that Kent had dropped just prior to the officers entering the bank.  For their safety, they searched the bag and found a Smith & Wesson handgun. The handgun was reported as stolen from a business in Los Angeles.  Further investigation and interviews led the officers to believe the two men were involved in a conspiracy to commit a robbery.

Both men were placed under arrest for conspiracy and robbery.  Wygle also had outstanding arrest warrants from Burbank for petty theft and possession of drug paraphernalia.   They bail for each man was set at $50,000.  They are due to appear in court on October 11.

Apparently, if you are going to take a cab to rob a bank, you should make sure you have enough cash to pay for your cab fare.