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People Taking Cash Thrown By Robbers During Car Chase Grateful for 'stimulus package'

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During the course of a dangerous car chase this morning, two suspects tossed cash taken in an armed bank robbery out the window, likely as a tactic to push pedestrians into the street and in front of pursuing law enforcement vehicles.

Now some of the people who grabbed the cash are thanking the robbers for raining money into the South L.A. neighborhood that saw the last minutes of the tense chase.

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The Huffington Post adds:

An unidentified 23-year-old resident of the South LA neighborhood called in to NBC LA to express admiration for both the suspects and the police during the pursuit. "I'm just so glad this person came to throw this money in the 'hood, basically," said the woman. "You usually see robbers and they take their stuff and they leave. But this guy came over and tried to help us out ... So It's more like all of us are supporting the robbers and the cops."

The incident began when at least four suspects robbed the B of A branch in the 18000 block of Soledad Canyon Road in the Santa Clarita area, according to City News Service.

Deputies with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department began to pursue the suspects when they fled the scene of the crime. In Sylmar, during two stops, two suspects exited the vehicle. One of which may have been located and detained by the LASD:

The chase continued on the eastbound Foothill (210) Freeway and eventually onto the southbound Pasadena (110) Freeway and onto Third Street and Alvarado Street in downtown Los Angeles. While on city streets, the two remaining suspects in the black SUV tossed cash out the car windows. Some people opted to grab the cash, while others tried to follow the car on foot in case more money rained down.

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The chase came to an end at around 11:20 a.m. when the car was surrounded. Immediately after the car came to a stop, a large crowd swarmed the scene, creating a mob that authorities had to work quickly to control.

After cuffing the suspects and putting them in a patrol car, some residents chased the patrol car on foot, pounding on the vehicle.

Los Angeles Police Department Cmdr. Andy Smith said: "One of the folks told me that they thought that there was more money inside of the vehicle, and maybe they were hoping to get a little bit of that.''

Sheriff's Capt. Mike Parker told the media sheriff's investigators would use electronic mapping to determine where money was thrown from the vehicle to determine if any of the cash could be recovered.

At least two injuries have been reported from the pursuit, including one LAPD officer whose foot was run over, and one person who said they were hit by a law enforcement vehicle.

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Video of money being thrown out the window during the chase:

View more videos at: http://nbclosangeles.com.