Tuesday Mar 09 2010
Police link Auburn Bank of America heist suspect to recent Roseville robbery
By: Gus Thomson, Journal Staff Writer
Police have established a likely link between Monday’s Auburn bank robbery and another in Roseville earlier this month. The man who robbed Downtown Auburn’s Bank of America branch Monday is the likely suspect in another bank robbery six days earlier in Roseville, investigators said Tuesday. The High Street Bank of America was robbed Monday afternoon. The Roseville Square Bank of America branch was robbed March 2. Descriptions of the suspect in both robberies were similar and bank security camera footage shows a perpetrator who appears to police to be the same man, Auburn Police Detective Scott Alford said. The investigation into the Auburn robbery is now working in tandem with the Roseville Police probe, as well as the FBI’s effort into solving hold-ups in other areas, Alford said. Employees at the Auburn bank appeared to be overly distraught after the robbery, Alford said. No weapon was brandished or shown. And no note was passed, the detective said. A verbal demand was made for money and the teller did so, Alford said. Police arrived on the scene quickly but no one outside the bank witnessed the perpetrator leave the rear door and exit the back parking lot, Alford said. “We don’t know if he was on foot or on a bike,” he said. “There were no witnesses.” Alford declined to divulge how much money was stolen in the robbery. Police did make a traffic stop on a vehicle – but contrary to a comment on the Auburn Journal Web version of the story – it was initiated by the officer, not a private citizen, Alford said. The officer received identification from the person stopped before releasing him and that information is still part of the ongoing investigation, he said. The suspect in the 900 High St. robbery is described by police as white or a light-skinned black man, about 30 years old, about 5-feet-10-inches tall, with a medium build. The man was unshaven, with decayed or possibly silver-capped teeth. He was wearing a dark jacket and a large, “beanie-style” hat. Anyone with information regarding Monday’s robbery is asked to contact the Auburn Police investigations division at 530-823-4237.