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Busy LA freeway stops in extremely low-speed chase after bank robbers

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Southern California -- home of the high-speed freeway chase -- was the scene of a different kind of pursuit Friday afternoon: one that reached speeds of zero mph.

Thanks to "some type of tracking device" hidden in a bag of stolen money, authorities were able to locate bank robbers on the northbound 110 Freeway in Los Angeles, halt traffic and conduct a car-to-car search, said Deputy Albert Martinez of the Riverside County Sheriff's Department.

"The trackers out there are pretty accurate," said Martinez.


Hundreds of cars were backed up in the Hawthorne area near Manchester Avenue around 1 p.m. local time, as police officers on foot waded through a sea of vehicles.

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Aerial video showed at least two people being taken into custody (pictured below). By 1:20 p.m., the freeway was reopened and traffic was returning to normal levels.

The search was believed to be linked to an armed bank robbery in Moreno Valley, Calif., earlier in the day. At least three masked men robbed the Altura Credit Union at 12125 Day St. in Moreno Valley around 9:20 a.m. local time, police said.

NBC Los Angeles