Bank robber sought |

Bank robber sought

Nik Dirga, Sierra Sun

Truckee police are searching for a suspect in a bank robbery Thursday morning at Bank of the West. The suspect may be connected to other recent robberies in the Reno area earlier this week.

At about 9:47 a.m. Thursday morning, a man entered the Bridge Street branch of Bank of the West and stood in line waiting for the next available teller. The suspect was described as “very comfortable” and relaxed.

He approached the teller and gave her a hand-written note demanding all of the teller’s money. No weapon was seen or indicated by the man.

The subject was given an undisclosed amount of cash in a black canvas bag, approximately 8″ x 5″ in size.

After getting the cash, the subject then fled the bank on foot. No vehicle was observed.

“We believe this suspect may be involved in recent incidents in the Reno area,” said William Mardison with the Truckee Police Department.

The man is described as an adult male in his late twenties or early thirties, dark complexion or deeply tanned, possibly Hispanic. He is about 5′ 10″ tall and approximately 200 pounds, with a “stock, muscular, athletic build, black hair cut short,” according to police reports.

The suspect was last seen wearing a baseball cap, a black, short-sleeved T-shirt with light-colored lettering across the chest, white or light-colored tennis shoes and blue jeans. He was also wearing sunglasses with dark, wide reflective lenses.

According to a police department press release, the subject was described by the teller as “somewhat attractive,” and he appeared to be “an average guy.”

If you have any information that may lead to the capture of this suspect, call Det. Don Garrett at the Truckee Police Department, (530) 582-2911 or 582-7842.