FBI takes over bank robbery case | TheUnion.com

FBI takes over bank robbery case

Jason Shueh and Matt Welch
The Union News Service

Surveillance images showing a bearded man wearing dark glasses and a fedora who robbed the Bank of the West in Kings Beach on the north shore of Lake Tahoe resemble those of recent robberies in Grass Valley and South Lake Tahoe, FBI investigators said Tuesday.

The FBI has taken over the case of Monday’s robbery, FBI Special Agent Steve Dupre said Tuesday. He would not reveal additional details about the incident or the man, initially described by local authorities as a 6-foot-2-inch white man wearing a fake beard during the heist.

Surveillance photos from the three crimes are “similar” and relate to each other, Dupre added.

A man wearing a fedora, dark glasses and a beard also robbed Bank of the West on Taylorville Road in Grass Valley on Dec. 22 and the South Lake Tahoe branch of Bank of the West on Feb. 18.

In addition, men who look different from the fedora robber have struck at area Wells Fargo branches, both inside Raley’s Supermarkets:

The South Lake Tahoe branch of Wells Fargo was robbed Feb. 10, and a Grass Valley branch was robbed March 4. Both suspects in those robberies are white men with stocky builds. In Grass Valley, the man had the courtesy to wait his turn in line before demanding cash, police said.

A suspect in a sixth robbery was arrested last week. David Andrew Clarke, 44, of Grass Valley, is being held in connection with the Feb. 2 Bank of the West heist on Brunswick Road in Grass Valley.

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