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Incline robbery suspect sought

KEITH SHEFFIELD, Sun News Service

A man who robbed U.S. Bank in Incline Village last week still eludes investigators, authorities said last week.

The suspect, a white male in his 40s with dark facial hair, took an undisclosed amount of cash from a teller at the bank around 4 p.m. Nov. 14.

“We don’t have the suspect identified yet,” said Bill Jonkey, a Federal Bureau of Investigation special agent who is based in Carson City. “We’re working on that.”

The federal investigators and Washoe County Sheriff’s detectives are working with little information gathered after the robbery.

Bank video tapes showed a man with about a day’s growth of beard wearing a gray, hooded sweatshirt and a second jacket as the robbery suspect.

The suspect apparently didn’t brandish a weapon during the incident, Jonkey said.

“There was no weapon seen,” he added.

It’s also unknown whether the suspect fled the scene on foot or had a vehicle waiting.

He was last seen heading northbound as he made his way out the door.

Jonkey said the team of investigators working the case have “minimal” information to go on.

“It’s the same as most bank robberies,” he said. “The method of escape wasn’t visible.”

The U.S. Bank teller held up by the suspect did what she was trained to do during a robbery, Jonkey added.

“We have security measures that are always set up,” said Bob Gerhard, U.S. Bank’s Truckee Branch manager. “Our first concern is the safety of our staff and our customers.”

A robbery hasn’t happened in Incline Village in several years.

“South Lake Tahoe gets robberies every once in a while,” Gerhard added. “It’s always in front focus for us.”

“This is the first robbery we’ve had in this community in a number of years,” said Cmdr. Jim Musick.

The suspect was also described as wearing blue jeans and white tennis shoes.

Immediately after the robbery last week, at least one person was pulled over in a traffic stop along Highway 28 who was thought to fit the suspect’s description, authorities said.

“They were quickly eliminated,” Jonkey said.

Investigators are asking anyone with information about the robbery to call FBI agents Bill Jonkey and Kip Steele at (775) 885-1248, or Washoe County Sheriff’s detectives at (775) 328-3320.


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