Police shut down the Harbor (110) Freeway in South Los Angeles on Friday, causing a massive traffic backup, while they conducted an unusual car-to-car search for suspects wanted in a Moreno Valley credit union robbery.
A GPS device contained within the stolen money allowed sheriff's deputies and California Highway Patrol officers to zero in on the freeway, where officers performed a roadblock and went vehicle to vehicle until they pulled two suspects from a car.
The 1 p.m. freeway shutdown and search was shown live on television.
The robbery occurred about 9:20 a.m. when three men entered the Altura Credit Union in the Canyon Springs Plaza in Moreno Valley, FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said.
At least one man pulled out a gun during the takeover robbery, she said. Riverside County Sheriff's Department spokesman Albert Martinez said no one was hurt in the crime.
Deputies "also learned there was a GPS tracker in the money," Martinez said.
A sheriff's deputy monitored the signals coming back from the device and directed a sheriff's air crew to the robbers' vehicle, described either as a Buick sedan or Ford Taurus, as it headed west into Los Angeles County.
Shortly before 1 p.m., California Highway Patrol officers stopped traffic on the northbound 110 Freeway at Manchester Avenue in South Los Angeles, and CHP officers and sheriff's deputies - some with firearms drawn - methodically approached the stopped vehicles, looking for the source of the radio signal.
About 1:15 p.m., law enforcement personnel zeroed in on one of the stopped vehicles and arrested two men inside. Officers also appeared to remove a bag from the dark-colored car.
The freeway was opened a short time later.
No injuries were reported.
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