Serial fedora robber hits Carson City bank on same day reward is upped for his capture
Tribune News Service
ARSON CITY, Nev. – A gunman who robbed the Bank of the West in North Carson City about 4 p.m. Monday is also suspected of robbing three other branches, including two in the Lake Tahoe area.
Sheriff Ken Furlong said the man, wearing what appeared to be a fake beard and clothing similar to that seen in the previous robberies, entered the bank, flashed a gun at the clerk then made off with an undisclosed amount of cash.
He fled through the bank’s south doors, and then ran through the Mountain View Assisted Living Facility that backs up to the bank parking lot and exits onto Mountain Street.
Witnesses report last seeing the suspect running south on Mountain Street.
FBI agents and Carson City officers scoured the neighborhood surrounding the bank for over an hour.
A pair of gloves found in the intersection of Michael and Jeanell drives is not believed to belong to the gunman, said Furlong.
“He wasn’t wearing gloves,” he said.
The suspect is described as a white male, 6 feet to 6-feet-2, wearing a gray turtleneck, green jacket with collar, dark pants and dark shoes. He reportedly wore a fedora-type hat, has short gray hair and was armed with a silver handgun and carrying a black bag. He appeared to be wearing a fake beard.
Police suspect the same man robbed Bank of the West branches in Grass Valley on Dec. 22 and March 31, South Lake Tahoe on Feb. 18 and Kings Beach on March 8.
In each of the robberies the man appears to wear the same clothing, hat and fake facial hair.
Also on Monday, the Bank of the Wes volunteered to increase the reward from $1,000 originally offered by the FBI to $2,500 to better-persuade individuals to help identify the “Fake-bearded fedora bandit,” said FBI Special Agent Steve Dupre, of the agency’s Sacramento office.
“Our hope is that the announcement will lead to someone who knows the identity of the robber to call law enforcement to provide a tip leading to his arrest,” Dupre said Monday.
Those with information should contact the FBI in Sacramento at (916) 481-9110, the Grass Valley Police Department at (530) 477-4600, the South Lake Tahoe Police Department at (530) 542-6100 or the Placer County Sheriff’s Department at (530) 581-6330.
As always Secret Witness at 775-322-4900 offers rewards for anonymous tips.
– Tribune reporter Jason Shueh contributed to this report.
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