Arrest made in Tourist Club robbery
October 3, 2005
Lawrence Bramow allegedly had a child’s “Incredible Hulk” backpack stuffed full of money and two fists full of bills when officers spotted him slipping behind a downtown Truckee home at 2 a.m. on Sunday.Soon after, officers arrested Bramow on suspicion of robbing the Tourist Club bar, according to Truckee police. A trail of bills leading back toward the downtown watering hole reassured the officers that they had the right man, according to police reports.Bramow, a transient from Oregon who police say is in his 40s, was arrested for commercial burglary and threatening a police officer. He is being held at Wayne Brown Correctional Facility in Nevada City on the two felony charges.Bramow, who police said had arrived in town early last weekend, had a brief but eventful stay in Truckee. He arrived in town by ambulance from Placer County, but was discharged from Tahoe Forest Hospital because officials there believed he was trying to get his hands on prescription medication, said Truckee police Sgt. Jason Litchie.Bramow then headed downtown, where he began calling 911 from a pay phone, Litchie said.”He was right on the line of being arrested the night before,” Litchie said.Late Saturday night, Bramow made his way to the Tourist Club, where he smoked patrons’ discarded cigarette butts and drank alcohol out of the garbage, police said.The bartender threw him out of the bar around 1 a.m., but when the bartender was closing up the downtown storefront after 2 a.m., Bramow allegedly snuck into the back storage area and grabbed the night deposit bag and ran off.The bag contained nearly $750, and Bramow unloaded the two-day-old chicken legs in his Incredible Hulk pack to make room for the collection of $1, $5 and $10 bills, said police.Some of the bills he stuffed in his pockets; the rest he gripped in his hands, police said.When police got the call about the robbery they headed to Brickelltown, where officers said they located Bramow and a smattering of cash in the backyard of a home.Truckee police recovered the money and returned it to the Tourist Club.