Police are searching for an unknown number of suspects who fled after robbing a bank in Brea on Friday morning, authorities said.
Officers from both Brea and Anaheim set up a perimeter near Angel Stadium around Gene Autry Way, State College Boulevard and Union Street, an area with some apartment complexes. The city of Anaheim warned nearby residents to be prepared for a “large police presence,” including SWAT officers and a helicopter.
Those in the immediate vicinity are being asked to stay inside, while visitors are being directed to avoid the immediate area.
The Anaheim Police Department said the robbers are armed and “believed to be in the area.”
Brea police initially received a call at 8:45 a.m. reporting a potential armed bank robbery at a Wells Fargo on South State College Boulevard.
When officers arrived at the scene, the suspects began to flee, according to the Brea Police Department. Police gave chase, and the suspects eventually entered the southbound 57 Freeway in Anaheim.
They exited by Angel Stadium, abandoned their car near State College Boulevard and Gene Autry Way and fled into nearby buildings, authorities said.
Anaheim police are searching buildings in the area for the suspects. Helicopters from both the Anaheim Police Department and Orange County Sheriff’s Department are assisting with the search.
Nobody was injured during the bank robbery, according to authorities.
This is the second robbery near or at a Brea bank within the last 24 hours.
On Thursday afternoon, three assailants shot a woman in the arm with a pellet gun and stole her purse after she withdrew money from a Chase bank ATM. The suspects were apprehended later that afternoon.