Deputies investigating bank robbery at Chase location in Newhall

Sheriff's vehicle outside the Chase Bank on Lyon's Ave. March 7 2018/ Austin Dave The Signal
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Another bandit with a note has stolen from a Santa Clarita Valley bank, Sheriff’s Station officials said Wednesday evening.

Deputies responded to the bank robbery in Newhall on Wednesday shortly before 4 p.m., after a lone male suspect robbed the Chase branch on Lyons Avenue, near Orchard Village Road, in Newhall, according to Lt. Leo Bauer of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station.

“It’s what we’d call a ‘demand note,’” Bauer said. “There was no weapon seen, but (the threat) is implied.”

The suspect reportedly handed the teller a note, received an undisclosed amount of cash and then fled the location, according to Shirley Miller, spokeswoman for the Sheriff’s Station.

The suspect’s getaway vehicle was reportedly a white VW SUV.

The SCV was host to a slew of robberies in 2017, which were believed to be committed by a suspect FBI officials dubbed “the Seasoned Bandit.”

James Allen Hayes, 55, pleaded not guilty at a U.S. District Court in October, when he was formally charged with 10 counts of bank robbery and one count of attempted bank robbery in connection with an alleged bank robbing spree which began in April and ended with his arrest in Ventura in September.

The Chase location on Lyons Avenue was one of several banks Hayes stands accused of robbing.

Federal prosecutors have alleged the “Seasoned Bandit” walked into the same Lyons Avenue location June 27, 2017, and used a note to steal money.

Hayes’ trial is currently in the procedural stages, and has not yet been placed in front of a jury.

Perry Smith contributed to this report.

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