Two people shortly after 10 a.m. walked into the Union Bank inside Save Mart, 1950 W. 11th St., handed a teller a note, and left the store with stolen cash.
Police showed up minutes later to investigate, and got a call that across the street, the US Bank inside Safeway, 1801 W. 11th St., was also robbed.
Police were told in each case, robbers handed tellers a note that demanded money.
Early unconfirmed reports said a gaudily dressed woman and a man robbed the banks. Three or four suspects drove off in a Toyota Scion, heading west on 11th Street.