Nevada City Tri Counties Bank robber still at-large |

Nevada City Tri Counties Bank robber still at-large

Caution tape blocks off the entrance to Tri Counties Bank on Railroad Avenue in Nevada City. Nevada City Police responded to a call about a bank robbery inside the building on Monday afternoon.
Emily Lavin/ | The Union

A male suspect who allegedly robbed Nevada City’s Tri Counties Bank Monday afternoon with a semi-automatic hand gun had not been apprehended as of early Monday evening, according to Nevada City Police officials.

“It was one suspect inside the bank,” said NCPD Officer Scott Goin. “The suspect is believed to be armed with a semi-automatic handgun … We are still investigating.”

According to Goin, around 1 p.m. Monday, Nevada City, Grass Valley and California Highway Patrol officers responded immediately to a call of an armed robbery at the Tri Counties bank located at 305 Railroad Ave.

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.

Grass Valley Police Department Lt. Alex Gammelgard told The Union that around 1:30 p.m. after multiple calls from local residents, officers responded and located a crashed vehicle in the Cedar Ridge area on Burma Road in Grass Valley. A male subject was subsequently taken in for questioning, though a second subject fled on foot, said Gammelgard.

Goin, though, says the incident is still under investigation and it has not been confirmed that the two subjects involved in the crash were directly connected to the Tri Counties Bank robbery. The subject currently in custody does not fit the description of the suspect from the robbery, said Goin.

“A vehicle crashed in that area, and based on the time frame and calls that were coming into dispatch from numerous citizens, we investigated that with the utmost amount of seriousness,” Goin said.

In June 2014, the same Tri Counties Bank was robbed by a man now dubbed as 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.

Police would not release information details surrounding Monday’s robbery, or the amount of money that was stolen. The suspect at-large, though, is described to be a Caucasian male adult between the ages of 20 and 40. He has blonde to reddish hair, a slender build, and is between 5 feet, 8 inches to 6 feet tall. The suspect is said to be armed and dangerous.

Anyone with information about this case is encouraged to call Nevada City Police Det. Luke Holdcroft at 530-265-4700.

A previous version of this story stated a car crashed near Brunswick and Greenhorn Roads. The car was found on Burma Road.

To contact Staff Writer Ivan Natividad, email or call 530-477-4236.

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