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Bearded bandit hits another bank

Jason Shueh and Matt Welch
The Union News Service

The bearded bandit has hit again.

Police are hunting for a man possibly wearing a fake beard who robbed the Bank of the West in Kings Beach Monday afternoon.

The suspect is described as a white man, about 6-feet-2-inches tall.



A bearded white man also robbed Grass Valley’s Taylorville Road branch of Bank of the West on Dec. 22; and on Feb. 18, a bearded white man made off with cash from the South Lake Tahoe branch of Bank of the West. In both those cases, the robber also wore a fedora and dark glasses; it was unclear whether the Kings Beach robber had accessorized for the occasion.

Officers believe their man is driving a maroon or burgundy four-door sedan, and he may have used an accomplice, the officer said.




A spokeswoman in the Tahoe division of the Placer County Sheriff’s Office confirmed at about 3:30 p.m. Monday that officers were searching for a suspect, but would not give other details.

According to scanner traffic, officers began staging along various areas of state routes 28 and 267 through Kings Beach and into Crystal Bay and Incline Village, Nev., along Highway 28.

Placer and Washoe County sheriff’s officers stopped a maroon four-door sedan at about 3:45 p.m. at the corner of Village Boulevard and State Route 28 in Incline.

They put an elderly man and woman in handcuffs before determining they were a couple visiting the area, releasing them at about 4 p.m.

“Unfortunately, these were not the folks we were looking for,” said PCSO Deputy Rick Schnoor. “We’re still getting more information over there in Kings Beach.”

The robbery is the sixth in the area since December. A robber hit Wells Fargo inside Raley’s Supermarket in Grass Valley on Thursday, March 4; two more branches of Bank of the West, in Grass Valley and Truckee, have been hit since December.

A white man hit the Wells Fargo bank inside the Raley’s Supermarket in South Lake Tahoe on Feb. 10.


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