‘Bandaged Bandit’ strikes again, and other South Shore crime news
A man wearing tape on his face who is suspected of robbing a Kingsbury Grade bank in June is believed to be responsible for at least one other robbery in California last week.
The “Bandaged Bandit” wears medical or athletic tape over his face to conceal his identity. He first struck on June 29, when police say he robbed the U.S. Bank on Kingsbury Grade. Two days later, he allegedly hit the Chase Bank in El Dorado Hills before apparently going quiet for two weeks. On Thursday, July 14, police suspect he entered the Wells Fargo in Cameron Park, California, but left without conducting a transaction or robbing the bank. According to the FBI, he entered the U.S. Bank in Folsom, Calif., wearing a gray long-sleeved shirt, dark pants and a bright yellow Oregon Ducks hat with a green brim.
He is described as being between 5 feet, 8 inches and 5 feet, 11 inches tall, with blond hair. In addition to the Ducks hat, he’s also been photographed wearing a black fleece jacket and blue jeans, a long-sleeved gray shirt and white shorts and a gray long-sleeved raglan shirt.
During the robberies, he has handed a teller a note, said he had or showed a weapon and fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of money.
The FBI said the man should be considered armed and dangerous.
Police ask anyone with information to contact the FBI at http://www.tips.fbi.gov.
In Other News
Douglas County Sheriff’s deputies arrested three people this week, including a 25-year-old South Lake Tahoe man, on suspicion of stealing 1,100 ski pass vouchers from Vail Resorts ski areas in March.
A 21-year-old Minden, Nevada, man, a 20-year-old Gardnerville, Nevada, man and the South Lake Tahoe man were taken into custody July 15 and 16, according to a press release from the sheriff’s office.
“All three suspects are in custody for conspiracy, felony embezzlement, theft and possession of stolen property,” according to the release. “All of their bail has been set at $10,000.00 each. The allegations stem from the 3-10-16 reported theft of 1,100 ski pass vouchers that were missing from Heavenly Ski resorts in Nevada. The ski passes are valued at $120 each, with a total possible value of $116,520.”
The stolen vouchers have been turning up at Kirkwood Mountain Resort, Heavenly Mountain Resort and Northstar California Resort resorts since early this year, according to the release.
South Shore fire agencies responded to several small wildfires this week. Around 3 p.m. Tuesday, July 19, ground crews and air resources responded to a fire off Montreal and Echo roads in South Lake Tahoe.
“The wildfire was approximately less than one-half an acre,” said U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman Lisa Herron, in a Thursday email. “A second small wildfire, caused by spotting from the original fire, began approximately one-quarter mile away in Van Sickle Bi-State Park and was approximately one acre. There were reports of another spot fire approximately 20-by-20 feet. A third spot fire that flared up overnight and was located directly under the Heavenly Mountain Resort Gondola, was approximately less than a quarter acre.”
Helicopter personnel also responded to a less than one-quarter-acre wildfire near Azure Lake in Desolation Wilderness, around 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 20.
Both the Montreal and Azure fires are contained, controlled and in patrol status, Herron said.
The cause of both fires remains under investigation.