Plumas Bank robbed at gunpoint |

Plumas Bank robbed at gunpoint

Renee Shadforth, Sierra Sun

The manhunt continues for the man who robbed Plumas Bank at gunpoint Thursday just before 4 p.m. for an undisclosed amount of money.

Today, Truckee police announced they have a potential suspect, and they are working closely with the FBI to apprehend him, said Truckee police Officer Jason Litchie.

“We have a very, very strong lead,” Litchie told the Sierra Sun this afternoon.

Officers learned about robbery after a teller at the Donner Pass Road bank sounded the silent panic alarm. No shots were fired and no one was physically harmed in the robbery.

A sign outside of the bank read “We will be closed the rest of the day,” and then on a separate piece of paper “We were just robbed.”

The suspect reportedly robbed the bank with a large silver handgun and escaped on foot, Litchie said at the scene of the robbery Thursday evening.

Sierra Mountain Middle School and Tahoe Truckee High School were locked down as a safety precaution for a short period of time, according to police reports.

Officers from Truckee police, Nevada County Sheriff’s Office and California Highway Patrol scoured the area in search of the suspect. A CHP helicopter was on the scene to search the area 10 minutes after the robbery was reported and was called off at nightfall, Litchie said.

Police described the suspect as a skinny white male in his mid-30s, with light eyes and dirty blonde or brown “very short” hair, wearing a black leather jacket, a light blue button-up denim shirt, black jeans and black shoes.

No one in the businesses adjacent to Plumas Bank knew about the robbery until after the suspect fled.

“We didn’t see anything out of the ordinary. We just heard about it after,” said Scott Decker, an employee at Nik-n-Willies Pizza.

Employees of Plumas Bank could not speak to the Sierra Sun about the incident until they receive approval from their headquarters.

If people see the suspect, or think they know the suspect, do not approach or try to detain him, and contact the police department immediately at 550-2323.

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