Bank bandits sought after three heists 

click to enlarge Video surveillance footage of one of three crooks robbing the Cathay Bank in Millbrae. They are also wanted for two bank heists in San Francisco. - GETTY IMAGES FILE PHOTO
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  • Video surveillance footage of one of three crooks robbing the Cathay Bank in Millbrae. They are also wanted for two bank heists in San Francisco.

Authorities are hunting for gun-toting bandits linked to a trio of bank heists in the Bay Area, including two on Monday.

The most recent robbery occurred Monday about 1:50 p.m. at the Cathay Bank on El Camino Real in Millbrae. About three hours earlier, the goons robbed the Metropolitan Bank at 1351 Powell St. in Chinatown, FBI spokesman Peter Lee said.

During the Chinatown heist, the first thug stood by the door with a gun, the second detained the manager and the third jumped over the counter and collected money from the drawers along with the 34-year-old female teller's wallet, police said.

The suspects have also been linked to an April 19 robbery at the Wells Fargo branch on Irving Street in the Inner Sunset district.

In that heist, the men stormed in at 3 p.m. and left with an undisclosed amount of cash in just under five minutes, according to a San Francisco Chronicle report. More than a dozen customers and workers watched in terror as two of the men jumped over the counter to nab cash, according to the report.

The suspects are described as black men between ages 20 and 35 with slim to medium builds who wore thick jackets, gloves and other clothing to mask their faces. They stood between 5-foot-8 and 6-foot-2, the FBI reported

Authorities are hoping the public can help identify the suspects, who are considered armed and dangerous. Anyone with information is urged call the nearest FBI office or dial 911. Calls (415) 553-7400 for the San Francisco area. Tips can also be submitted online at tips.fbi.gov.

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