Bank Robber sought
Truckee police are searching for a robber involved in a bank robbery last Thursday afternoon at US Bank on Donner Pass Road in the Gateway area.
At about 4:22 p.m., the robber approached one of the tellers and handed her a note demanding money. He then lifted up his shirt to reveal a semi-automatic pistol tucked into his waistband, according to the police report.
“He was very calm, though,” said Truckee Police Detective Dan Johnston. “He never said a word.”
After the teller complied with his demands, the robber fled the bank with several thousand dollars, according to Johnston. The exact amount of money was not disclosed.
An initial investigation shows that the robber may have parked his vehicle on the west side of the bank and witnesses say he drove off at a high rate of speed heading westbound on Donner Pass Road toward Safeway.
“We’ve also been told that the suspect may have cut-off another vehicle – a red Jeep – while fleeing,” Johnston said. “Witnesses say the other driver had to slam on their brakes and then gestured to the suspect. We’re hoping that driver will come forward to help us.”
Officers arrived on the scene within minutes of the call, but were unable to locate the vehicle. Units from the California Highway Patrol, Placer County Sheriff’s Office as well as Nevada jurisdictions assisted and were alerted to look for the vehicle.
“We detained two individuals briefly, who matched our description, but they were released after witnesses said they weren’t the ones,” Johnston said.
The suspect is described as a white male, 25-30 years of age, with a slim build and short brown to light brown hair, possibly a buzz cut. At the time of the incident, he was seen wearing loose-fitting light blue jeans, a white button-down long-sleeve shirt with a Polo logo on the pocket, white tennis shoes with possible blue uppers, a tan/khaki fishing hat and black, thick frame, modern sunglasses.
The getaway vehicle appears to be a newer dark green or forest green Subaru with the circle and stars Subaru emblem on the trunk above white license plates.
Johnston said the suspect appears to have been acting alone.
“We’re still waiting to here back from the FBI to see if this was a serial bank robber and to see if he’s struck before in the area,” Johnston said.
US Bank Truckee Branch Manager Janet Hanley said she feels fortunate that no one was injured.
“Staff responded in the absolute manner in which they are trained to do in these types of situations,” Hanley said. “Less than two weeks ago, we’d had a training. Everyone was very professional and calm.”
There was only one customer in the store at the time of the incident.
This is the second bank robbery in Truckee in less than a year. The first occurred early last Oct., when a robber hit the Bank of the West on Bridge Street.
If you have information that could lead to the capture of this suspect, call Det. Dan Johnston at the Truckee Police Department, (530) 550-2333.
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