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March 21, 2013
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South Tahoe police release sketch of suspected bank robber

South Lake Tahoe police have released an artist’s sketch of a man suspected of robbing El Dorado Savings Bank in the Bijou Center earlier this month.

“The suspect, who used a demand note and did not brandish a weapon, was described as a Caucasian male, about 22-28 years old, 5’ 11”, thin, wearing a dark colored hooded sweatshirt with the hood up,” according to a Thursday statement from the city. “He wore a letterman-style jacket over the hoodie and had ski goggles on.”

The man is also described as having a birth mark or darkened area on the left side of his cheek. Police are investigating numerous leads in the case, according to the statement.

Police ask anyone with information about the incident to contact Detective Nick Carlquist at 530-542-6133.

In other news:

Police arrested a 25-year-old South Lake Tahoe man Friday on suspicion of indecent exposure, vandalism and battery after an incident at Marriot in which he allegedly got out of spa naked in front of several young teenagers. Security personnel allegedly approached the suspect, identified as Tom Dowlen, as he was sitting in the spa of the hotel about 9 p.m. and determined he was not a guest at the hotel and told him to leave, according to witness statements given to police. Dowlen asked the security guard to give him five minutes, but the guard refused, Lt. David Stevenson said. Dowlen then allegedly jumped out of the spa naked, taunting the security guard and slapping a phone out of his hand, breaking it, Stevenson said. Dowlen grabbed a towel and ran off, Stevenson said. Police arrived at the scene, located Dowlen and took him into custody. He was no longer in jail Thursday evening. It is unknown whether he has an attorney.

El Dorado County Sheriff’s deputies are investigating the possible theft of Native American artifacts from private property off of Sawmill Road. U.S. Forest Service law enforcement personnel reported the possible excavation site to the Sheriff’s Office about 12 p.m. on March 14. It’s unclear whether artifacts were actually removed from the site, said Lt. Pete Van Arnum.


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Tahoe Daily Tribune Updated Mar 22, 2013 10:40AM Published Mar 21, 2013 08:40PM Copyright 2013 Tahoe Daily Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.