GLENDALE — A 44-year-old Glendale man was arrested this week during a routine traffic stop after police found a bank bag and demand note in his car linking him to two Los Angeles area robberies, officials said.
Serge Alvandy was taken into custody at about 3:40 p.m. Monday after Special Enforcement Detail officers also discovered thousands of dollars in cash and a handgun in the car, Glendale Police Sgt. Tom Lorenz said.
Glendale police detectives later connected Alvandy to two bank robberies in Woodland Hills and West Hollywood, he said.
“He lives in our community, and he goes out and preys on others,” Lorenz said.
About two hours before his arrest, Alvandy held up a Citibank in Woodland Hills, FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said. He passed the teller a demand note written in red ink, threatened to use a handgun and used a bank bag to collect his loot, she said.