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Another South Shore bank robbed

For the second time in less than week a South Lake Tahoe bank teller was faced with a demand note and a robber who got away with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Around 11:24 a.m. Monday a tall, thin, white man approached a teller at the US Bank on U.S. Highway 50. South Lake Tahoe police were still looking for the suspect Monday afternoon. The man is similar to the suspect linked with Thursday’s robbery at the El Dorado Savings Bank, police said.

The man, who appeared to be in his 40s and unshaven with a scruffy mustache, indicated to the teller that he had a gun, but no weapon was seen during the robbery. The teller fearing for the safety of the people in the bank handed over the cash, said Detective Martin Hewlett.



The man left the bank with the money in hand through the north entrance, which faces U.S. Highway 50, made a right turn and headed toward the parking area where people lost sight of him. He was also carrying a brown file folder.

Investigators said the man was balding on the back of his head and had thinning hair toward his forehead.




On Thursday a similar suspect entered El Dorado Savings Bank on U.S. Highway 50 around 12:30 p.m., handed the teller a demand note, and walked out with the cash.

Although investigators said there are similarities between Thursday and Monday’s robberies, they added there is little chance they are connected to a Aug. 17 Carson City bank robbery.

An older man estimated to be in his mid-60s told a teller at a Carson City Wells Fargo Bank he had a bomb. He said he needed a specific amount of money to keep his wife alive.

Anyone with information about either Thursday or Monday’s robberies is asked to contact Hewlett at (530) 542-6100.


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