Third bank robbery at South Tahoe |

Third bank robbery at South Tahoe

For the third time in the last six days, a man robbed a South Lake Tahoe bank Tuesday, fleeing on foot with an undisclosed amount of money.

At 4:40 p.m., a female teller at Wells Fargo Bank inside Raley’s at the Crescent “V” shopping center, was approached by a tall, thin, white man who used neither physical force, nor showed a weapon, said Sgt. Les Scott of the South Lake Tahoe Police department.

“This was very similar to the last two robberies. My preliminary guess is that it is the same robber,” Scott said. “However we need to review the film and speak with the witness – she is very shaken up right now.”

The robber was described as “very scraggly looking”, in his mid-40’s, wearing a blue and white striped shirt, light jeans and white shoes. Although he left the store on foot, two suspicious vehicles were reported to the police – a yellow Volvo and a black Datsun.

The robbery happened at perhaps one of the busiest times in the day, just as people get off work and stop by the grocery store on the way home. It was also right in the center of town, at a bustling shopping center with numerous cars and people in the parking lot.

“We never anticipated he would come into a big store like this,” Scott said. “In my 25 years in Tahoe, I have never seen three bank robberies happen in such close proximity.”

Scott said the police department and the banks had increased security since the last two robberies Thursday and Monday. An almost identically described man approached a teller Monday at the US Bank on U.S. Highway 50, and Thursday at the El Dorado Savings Bank. Both times, he fled on foot and was perceived as being alone – unless accomplices were waiting for him outside the banks and the store, Scott said.

Anyone with information about the robberies is asked to contact the South Lake Tahoe Police at (530) 542-6100.

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