Investigation continuing in Nevada City bank robbery |

Investigation continuing in Nevada City bank robbery

Nevada City Police officers are continuing their investigation of the armed robbery of a local bank Monday afternoon, and are still looking into a possible connection with a vehicle that eventually crashed in the Cedar Ridge area.

As of Tuesday early evening, stills from surveillance video inside the Tri Counties Bank had not yet been released to the public. The stills reportedly include images of the suspect, who was described as between the ages of 20 and 40, with blonde to reddish hair, slender build, and between 5-foot-8 and 6 feet tall. The robber was described as wearing a blue or purple button-down shirt and tan or khaki pants, and had a black ski mask on, said Nevada City Police Sgt. Paul Rohde.

Nevada City and Grass Valley police and California Highway Patrol officers responded to a call of an armed robbery at the Tri Counties bank located at 305 Railroad Ave., at about 1:15 p.m. The man, who was reported to have a handgun and was said to be carrying a black backpack, fled on foot toward Pioneer Park, according to dispatch reports.

Upon arrival, officers cleared the area of any suspects, obtained witness statements and reviewed security footage. No suspects were located at the scene of the crime.

Shortly thereafter, calls were received of a suspect vehicle driving up Gracie Road, then heading onto Banner Lava Cap and Idaho-Maryland roads, according to dispatch reports.

Officers subsequently located a crashed vehicle on Burma Road; a man was taken in for questioning, though a second subject reportedly fled on foot. The incident is still under investigation and it has not been confirmed if the two subjects involved in the crash were connected to the Tri Counties Bank robbery.

In June 2014, the same Tri Counties Bank was robbed by a man now dubbed the “Bad Breath Bandit.” The man stole more than $13,000 from the bank a few hours after unsuccessfully staking out a Grass Valley bank. That man also has been linked to two other Northern California bank robberies by the FBI — in Los Molinos, in Tehama County, and one in Durham, near Chico.

Anyone with information about Monday’s robbery is encouraged to call Nevada City Police Det. Luke Holdcroft at 530-265-4700.

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