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Letter to the Editor: Bank of the West must up the ante

I found of interest your article reporting that Bank of the West had recently increased the reward for information leading to the apprehension and successful prosecution of the and#8220;fedora robberand#8221; that has been holding up regional branches of its bank.

These robberies have placed the safety of the bankand#8217;s customers and employees at real risk. While I appreciate the fact that Bank of the West has increased the initial reward offered by the FBI from $1,000 to $2,500, one must wonder how serious Bank of the West really is in protecting their customersand#8217; and employeesand#8217; safety by only offering $2,500 as a reward. One must consider that someone who risks revealing secret information about the robber in exchange for the reward must be given incentive to do so. $2,500 is chicken feed under those circumstances. It is less than two monthand#8217;s rent or mortgage payment for most people. Does increasing the reward to $2,500 really do much to increase the incentive for informants to take on the risk of cooperating with law enforcement? Doesnand#8217;t Bank of the West care enough about its customers and employees to make the reward more attractive?

Come on, Bank of the West! Truckeeand#8217;s and Tahoeand#8217;s citizens have long supported your bank; now is the time for Bank of the West to show some concern for us and for your employees (who happen to be our friends and neighbors too). Why not offer a reward of $25,000? Make the reward meaningful enough to reasonably expect that someone will offer up some incriminating information that will eventually lead to an arrest and successful prosecution. Show us and your own employees that you care enough about all of us and them by taking some meaningful action. Up the ante before someone gets seriously injured or killed in one of these robberies.

Robert French

Truckee