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Tahoe bank hit Friday

by Gregory Crofton, Tahoe Daily Tribune

Police and the FBI are looking for a white man with a ruddy complexion who stole an undisclosed amount of cash from El Dorado Savings Bank at the 942 Emerald Bay Road branch.

The crime occurred Friday at 2:35 p.m. when the suspect, wearing a fur-rimmed winter hat and sunglasses, passed a note to a teller demanding cash.

The note informed the bank employee that the robber was carrying a weapon and had accomplices.

It is not known whether the suspect, 30-to 40 years-old, 5 feet 8 inches tall and 160 pounds, drove or walked from the bank. No weapon or accomplices were seen.

Police reported the man was clean shaven with a possible red acne mark on one cheek. He wore a dark colored double-breasted coat and white tennis shoes while committing the crime.

This is not the first time the bank has been robbed.

“There’s a number of different branches around town and over the years they’ve been robbed several different times,” said South Lake Tahoe Police Sgt. Steve O’Brien, an officer at South Shore for more than 20 years.

Before Friday’s theft, the bank last robbed in town was Bank of America on Kingsbury Grade. In September, a man with a large, rounded nose committed that crime. He walked into the bank wearing blue clothing and a blue Band Aid on his nose.

He slipped a note to a teller who was six-months pregnant and left with an undisclosed amount of money. His image was also caught on surveillance video. The 35-to 38-years-old white male, who is 5 foot 10 inches with shoulder-length hair, has not been arrested.

A bank robbery is considered a federal crime, as a result the FBI is also investigating the incident.

Anyone with information about either bank robbery is asked contact Detective Martin Hewlett of South Lake Tahoe Police Department at (530) 542-6100 or Special Agent Chris Campion with the FBI at (530) 542-4140.

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