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South County bank robber escapes with cash, Nevada County authorities say

A surveillance photo was captured of the suspect who robbed a bank in south county on Tuesday.

A suspect remained on the loose Tuesday afternoon after robbing the El Dorado Savings Bank in South County, Sheriff Keith Royal said.

The suspect, dressed in black, entered the bank at 10610 Combie Road around 1:05 p.m. He brandished a handgun, forcing some 10 bank customers into a vault before taking an undisclosed amount of cash in a black garbage bag, Royal said.

No one was hurt and no shots fired, he added.

"He was seen running from the bank," the sheriff said.

According to Royal, a red Dodge Durango was seen speeding from a neighborhood behind the bank. Royal said the vehicle possibly was used by the suspect.

According to a release from the sheriff, the suspect is believed to be the "Khaki Bandit," who is responsible for numerous other bank robberies throughout the north state.

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Bear River High School went on brief lock down because of the robbery, school officials said.

The Nevada County Sheriff's Office called the school around 1:40 p.m., informing them of the robbery at the nearby bank on Combie Road, Principal Amy Besler said.

"They advised that we go on lock down while they pursued that suspect," she added. "Then they called and said we could lift it."

The lock down lasted about 15 minutes, Besler said.

The suspect is described as a white man of unknown height and weighing 165 pounds. He wore a black beanie, black jacket, black baggy pants and black sunglasses, Royal said.

A South County bank was last robbed in January, when a man wearing a ski mask and hooded jacket entered the Tri Counties Bank, at Combie Road and Highway 49, and handed a note to a teller demanding cash. That robber, who was believed by authorities to have fled in a white Toyota pickup, showed no weapon.

There have been no arrests in the January bank robbery, authorities said.

Anyone with information about the Tuesday robbery should contact the Nevada County Major Crimes Unit at 530-265-1263. The FBI currently has a $20,000 reward for information leading to the identification and arrest of the suspect.

To contact Staff Writer Alan Riquelmy, email ariquelmy@theunion.com or call 530-477-4239.

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