Tahoe bank heist similar to one in Carson
A robber wearing a blue baseball cap, a dark gray sweatshirt and prescription sunglasses Thursday walked into the El Dorado Savings Bank on Lake Tahoe Boulevard and, less than two minutes later, walked out with an undisclosed amount of cash.
As of Thursday evening, South Lake Tahoe police and the FBI still were looking for the suspect.
No one was injured in the robbery.
The suspect – a tall, thin white man likely in his 40s or 50s – presented a demand note to a bank teller at about 12:30 p.m. He claimed he was armed with a gun, said Detective Brian Williams of the South Lake Tahoe Police Department, but no weapon was seen.
Neither the two other bank employees nor two customers were aware of the robbery while the man was there, Williams said.
Authorities don’t know if he fled on foot or in a vehicle.
Williams said authorities are not sure if this robbery was connected to one earlier this week in Carson City.
“We’re investigating that possibility. We haven’t come to a conclusion about that as of yet,” Williams said. “There’s enough similarities we’ll continue to investigate the possible connection, but there are enough differences we think it was probably not related.”
In that case, an older man, estimated to be about 65 years old, reportedly told a teller at a Carson City Wells Fargo Bank he had a bomb. He demanded a set amount of currency, saying he needed it to keep his wife alive and, although he had access to all the funds in the bank’s vault, only took the specified amount.
El Dorado Savings Bank officials declined to comment on the robbery. The bank was closed for several hours during the investigation, but it did open later in the afternoon.
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