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Five Bandits -- One With Obama Mask And Toy Knife -- Tie Up El Pollo Loco Employees In Duarte, Make Off With $4,000

Halloween (and Election Night) couldn't come soon enough for a group of hooligans in East County yesterday.

Just after the last couple customers had moseyed out, five masked men descended upon an El Pollo Loco branch at 1212 Huntington Drive in Duarte, helping themselves to $4,000 from the company safe -- a trick-or-treat jackpot rivaled only by the Beverly Hills cul-de-sacs.

Witnesses say one face in the pack struck them as especially strange: President Obama.

Well, a mask in his likeness, at least. (Like the presidential bank robbers in "Point Break" -- with a contemporary twist!) Pollo Loco employees say the class clown thought it'd be equally hilarious to wield a toy knife, though investigators told KTLA that another suspect may have been carrying a gun as well. You know, for backup.

Apparently, the Obama Bandit got all the guts of the group, too -- he was the one who tied up employees in the back room and forced the store manager to open the safe.

That's the most exciting thing our prez has done in a while now, come to think of it.

KTLA reports that this is the fourth time the Pollo Loco in Duarte has been robbed. Trade you two tublets of Pico de Gallo for that Queso Sauce?

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