OAKLAND -- A dozen customers and employees were forced to lie on the floor during a takeover robbery Friday morning at a Bank of the West branch in the Temescal District of North Oakland, police said.

Two men, one armed with a gun, entered the bank at 4900 Telegraph Ave. shortly after 9 a.m., police said.

The gunman ordered everyone inside, including a security guard to lie on the floor, Officer Nick Calonge said.

While the unarmed suspect kept watch, the armed robber jumped the counter and took money from several tellers' drawers, police said.

The suspects fled on foot with several thousand dollars, authorities said. No one was reported injured.

The same branch was robbed by lone suspects on Dec. 6 and Dec. 10. Police don't believe any of the robberies are related.

Police and Crime Stoppers of Oakland are offering up to $5,000 in reward money for information leading to the arrest of t he robbers. Anyone with information may call police at 510-238-3326 or a tip line at 510-773-2805 or Crime Stoppers at 510-777-8572.



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