Arrest made in New Year’s Eve bank robbery |

Arrest made in New Year’s Eve bank robbery

A 48-year-old man was arrested Friday in South Lake Tahoe on suspicion of robbing the Wells Fargo Bank inside Raley’s near Stateline on New Year’s Eve, police said.

In a collaboration with the FBI, the South Lake Tahoe Police Department investigations unit gathered enough evidence which led them to arrest Scott Alan Pearson on suspicion of robbing the bank, said South Lake Tahoe Police Lt. Martin Hale. The suspect told bank tellers he had a bomb.

The suspect left a box at the scene, identified it as a bomb, and fled with an undisclosed amount of money.

Because of a potential bomb being at the scene, the bank, along with the Raley’s Supermarket were evacuated. The Tahoe Douglas Bomb Squad examined the devic and rendered it safe. Raley’s supermarket was reopened later that night.

On Friday investigators from the South Lake Tahoe Police Department and the FBI located and arrested Pearson who faces charges of robbery, burglary and using a destructive device to terrorize.

Pearson was arrested at 3876 Lake Tahoe Blvd. Investigators learned of Pearson’s identity based on their investigation and information associated with the security surveillance tapes, Hale said.

Scott Pearson is being held on charges at the El Dorado County Jail on $250,000 bail.

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