Senior robs Wells Fargo bank |

Senior robs Wells Fargo bank

Geoff Dornan, Tribune News Service

CARSON CITY – Carson City deputies and the FBI are looking for a bank robber distinguished, if for nothing else, by his age.

The man described as in his late 60s entered the Wells Fargo branch at Musser and Stewart streets less than a block from the Capitol at 3 p.m. He opened a brown briefcase he was carrying to show tellers what they are claiming was a bomb and demanded cash.

The man was last seen heading north on foot from the bank. No one was injured in the robbery. FBI agents refused to say how much cash was taken.

Sheriff’s deputies just three blocks away on Musser Street arrived in minutes as did more than a half-dozen FBI agents who had been target practicing at the Carson City pistol range.

Sheriff Rod Banister said every available officer was scouring the city looking for the bandit who was described as near 6 feet tall but thin at 160 pounds.

He is described as gray haired and clean cut with fair skin wearing a maroon shirt and khaki pants. Nevada Highway Patrol officers reported they had talked to someone matching that description in the area near Evergreen Center but that tip failed to pan out.

Deputies stopped and questioned another man near the FISH store on North Carson Street who matched the description – including a small brown suitcase. That too turned out to be a false lead.

In the hour after the robbery, they followed numerous reports of thin, gray-haired men from Nevada Street on the west to Roop Street on the east and both north and south of the area.

At one point, deputies questioned whether the man might be someone who was released from the sheriff’s jail earlier Tuesday.

But officers were having no luck finding the bandit.

Bank officials and deputies were examining the tapes from video cameras in the bank in hopes of getting a picture of the robber to release to the public.

Wells Fargo executives who arrived at the bank declined comment except to say they were very happy none of the employees had been injured in the robbery.

Meanwhile, the bank branch was closed down for an audit of the missing cash and forensics work including collecting fingerprints and other evidence that might help identify the robber.

The branch was expected to reopen today.

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