Nevada City branch of Tri Counties Bank robbed |

Nevada City branch of Tri Counties Bank robbed

A would-be robber reportedly cased a Grass Valley bank Tuesday morning before successfully stealing more than $13,000 from Tri Counties Bank in Nevada City a few hours later.

Tellers at the Bank of the West on Brunswick Drive in Grass Valley called Grass Valley Police at about 11:20 a.m. to report a suspicious man, said Sgt. Clint Bates.

The man came into the bank wearing a painter's mask and was told to take a seat, Bates said. His behavior then led staff to ask him to leave, and he ran out of the bank.

Grass Valley Police officers conducted an area check, but were unable to locate the suspect.

At just after 12:50 p.m., police said, the same man robbed Tri Counties Bank in the 300 block of Railroad Avenue.

He approached a teller with a bag in his hand, said Nevada City Police Chief Tim Foley.

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"He said, 'Put all the money in the bag,' and the teller complied," Foley said. "He hit all three tellers."

No weapon was been reported in the robbery, which netted the robber $13,621, according to Foley.

The suspect was in and out of the bank in less than a minute, Foley said, exiting on foot through the parking lot.

Nevada City Police officers conducted an area check with the assistance of Grass valley Police officers and Nevada County Sheriff's deputies, but the man was not located.

"We will be going door to door, asking people if they saw a suspicious person or vehicle," Foley said.

The bank robber is described as being 35-40 years old, 200-plus pounds, 6-foot-1, wearing a light blue or denim button-down collared shirt with the sleeves partially rolled up, jeans, dark tennis shoes, a black ball cap, possibly with a San Francisco Giants logo, dark sunglasses and a painter's or medical mask.

His hair and eyes were obscured by the hat and glasses, but he reportedly has a grey or white patch of hair on the right side of the back of his head.

Later Tuesday, Nevada City Police Officer Shane Franssen released stills from the video surveillance inside Tri Counties bank that show different images of the bank robber as he moved from teller to teller, and then exited the bank.

Anyone with information can call Franssen at 530-265-4700.

To contact City Editor Liz Kellar, email or call 530-477-4229.

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