Bank robber may be connected to Reno heist
October 11, 2001
Truckee Police believe the suspect in the robbery of a downtown Truckee bank on Thursday, Oct. 4 may be involved in other area bank robberies.
“We believe this suspect is responsible for at least one robbery in Reno,” said Truckee Police Department Detective Don Garrett. Garrett said the same suspect robbed the Wells Fargo Bank at 18100 Wedge Parkway in Reno.
“We are linking [the robberies] because the description and his methods are the same.”
On Thursday, Oct. 4, at approximately 9:50 a.m., a lone suspect walked into the Bank of the West on Bridge Street in Truckee and presented a note to one of the tellers.
According to police, the note told the teller to give the suspect all of the money. The suspect, who police said remained calm and quiet, put the money in a black canvas bag before running out of the bank with an undisclosed amount of cash.
Truckee Police Cmdr. Scott Berry said police are also looking into the possibility that the same man is connected with other robberies in Reno, Sparks and Marin County. Truckee police are working on the case with Washoe County Sheriff’s Office and the FBI in Reno.
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Police said one of the tellers described the suspect as “an average guy, somewhat attractive, who appeared to be very comfortable.”
The man is described as an adult male with a dark complexion, possibly Hispanic or “a “deeply tanned” Caucasian, with an athletic build. He is around 5’10” and weighs approximately 200 pounds. The suspect was last seen wearing a baseball cap, a black short sleeved T-shirt with light colored lettering across the chest, blue jeans and tennis shoes.
Anyone who thinks they may know the suspect or has any information about last Thursday’s robbery is urged to call Det. Don Garrett at the Truckee Police Department at (530) 582-7842 or 582-2911.