Bank inside Raley’s robbed |

Bank inside Raley’s robbed

A man walked into the Raley’s grocery store in Grass Valley on a busy Thursday afternoon, waited his turn in line and then robbed the Wells Fargo branch inside the store.

“He was polite, he didn’t jump to the top of the line,” said Grass Valley Police Capt. Dave Remillard.

The man, described as white with a stocky build, can be seen in surveillance video waiting behind a female customer and then walking up to the teller at 12:27 p.m.

“He approached the window and produced a note demanding money,” Remillard said. “Per bank policy, the teller complied.”

After he was handed the cash, the man left the store. It was not clear whether he had a vehicle; police officers did an area check and looking for possible witnesses.

Few people inside the busy grocery store were aware a robbery had taken place, even after yellow crime scene tape cordoned off the bank branch.

“It was very bold,” Remillard said.

“We do have excellent video” of the suspect, he added.

The man, who was wearing a black ballcap with a white logo, sunglasses, a grey hooded zip-up sweatshirt under a tan jacket, and a black T-shirt, does not appear to be the same man who robbed the Bank of the West across the street Dec. 22 and a Bank of the West in South Lake Tahoe Feb. 18.

Thursday’s robbery was the third in Grass Valley – and fourth in Nevada County – in less than three months.

The suspect in the Dec. 22 and Feb. 18 robberies has been described as a white man with light brown hair and a reddish-brown goatee.

In the Dec. 22 crime, a man robbed the Bank of the West on Taylorville Road just after noon. The suspect allegedly pulled aside his jacket to display a black-handled handgun in the waistband of his pants.

In the Feb. 18 robbery, a white man robbed the Bank of the West branch at 2161 Lake Tahoe Boulevard, demanding cash from the teller and brandishing a gun described as a stainless steel revolver.

A Grass Valley man suspected of robbing a Bank of the West on Brunswick Road on Feb. 2 was recently arrested in San Bernardino County. David Andrew Clarke, 44, was arrested after allegedly trying to enter a military base near Twentynine Palms. Clarke also has been connected to other bank robberies in California dating back five years, including those in La Mesa and Roseville.

Remillard urges anyone with information about Thursday’s bank robbery to call the police department at (530) 477-4600 and ask for the shift supervisor.

To contact Staff Writer Liz Kellar, e-mail or call 477-4229.

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