Is same man behind 2 bank robberies? |

Is same man behind 2 bank robberies?

One bank robber wore a knit beanie; the other wore a tan fedora. Police suspect they are the same man.

Whoever he is, he hit again Tuesday, robbing the Brunswick Road branch of Bank of the West just six weeks after the bank’s Taylorville Road branch was robbed.

“It sounds like it’s the same guy,” said Grass Valley police Capt. Rex Marks. “We’re reviewing the footage.”

Bank officials are not releasing the sums that have been taken.

A man held up the Brunswick bank just before noon Tuesday and left with an undisclosed amount of cash, Marks said. He was carrying a manila envelope, in which he placed the cash before leaving on foot.

The robber did not display a weapon or make any threats, and no one was injured, Marks said.

Police described the bank robber as a white man between 35 and 45 years old, about 5-feet-8-inches tall, and with a stocky build.

He was wearing a gray knit cap and a gray-lined, maroon jacket, a black shirt, black pants and black work or hiking boots. He also wore sunglasses and gloves and was described as having a two- or three-day-old goatee.

Tuesday’s suspect has nearly the same description as that of the robber in the Dec. 22 crime.

That suspect robbed the Bank of the West on Taylorville Road just after noon. He was described as a white man of similar age, height and weight, with light brown hair and a reddish-brown goatee. He was dressed in baggy brown trousers, tan shirt, tan waist-length jacket, green scarf and light tan fedora-style hat.

One major difference in the two robberies was the lack of a weapon Tuesday.

In the Dec. 22 robbery, the suspect allegedly pulled aside his jacket to display a black-handled handgun in the waistband of his pants.

Anyone with information was asked to call the Police Department at (530) 477-4600.

To contact Staff Writer Liz Kellar, e-mail or call (530) 477-4229.

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