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Posted: October 20, 2008 9:02 p.m.
Updated: December 22, 2008 5:00 a.m.
An attempted bank burglary at the Lockheed Federal Credit Union in Stevenson Ranch on Monday could be connected to a string of bank heists in Southern California during the last year, an FBI official said.

Burglars attempted to break into the automated teller machine safe at the credit union early Monday morning, FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said.

The credit union is located on The Old Road just south of Stevenson Ranch Parkway.

The crooks tripped a fire alarm during the attempted heist, which brought Los Angeles County firefighters and Santa Clarita Valley sheriff's deputies to the scene, she said.

The crooks were long gone before the local authorities showed up, Eimiller said.

The handiwork looks similar to other bank jobs in Southern California, Eimiller said.

"This very well could be connected to one or more of the 20 bank burglaries in the area over the past year," she said.

Investigators are trying to connect the dots, she said.

There are leads in the investigation, but authorities are reluctant to reveal details due to the ongoing nature of the case, Eimiller said.

Anyone with information on the attempted burglary can contact the FBI at (310) 477-6565.


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