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US Bank Offers $25,000 Reward in Robberies in Rohnert Park, Santa Rosa

The same man is thought to have robbed three banks in the two cities since Feb. 1.

Bay City News Service

Police believe the same man robbed the US Bank in two Safeway stores in Rohnert Park and Santa Rosa within 17 minutes Thursday morning. He also is suspected of robbing the Chase Bank in the Raley's store in Santa Rosa on Feb. 1, Santa Rosa police Sgt. Dave Linscomb said.

A suspect entered the US Bank in the Safeway Store at 6340 Commerce Blvd. in Rohnert Park around 10:27 a.m., Rohnert Park police said. He demanded cash from a teller and left. No weapon was seen. That suspect was described as a Hispanic man between 5 feet 4 inches and 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighing 200-250 pounds. He had bleached hair and a black goatee, police said.

The suspect who robbed the US Bank in the Safeway store on Mendocino Ave. in Santa Rosa around 11:14 a.m. also gave the teller a note demanding money, Linscomb said. The suspect implied he was armed, but did not show a gun, and fled east with the cash, Linscomb said. That suspect was described as approximately 5 feet 5 inches tall with a stocky build and a goatee, Linscomb said. He was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans and a black baseball hat, he said.

The suspect in the Chase Bank robbery in the Raley's store at 1407 Fulton Road at 10:10 a.m. on Feb. 1 was described as a Hispanic man in his late 20s, 5 feet 6 inches tall and between 160-170 pounds. He was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and black jeans.

Linscomb said based on the common descriptions of the suspects, one man is believed to be responsible for all three heists.

US Bank is offering a reward up to $25,000 for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the suspect in any US Bank robberies. Anyone with information is asked to call Rohnert Park police at (707) 584-2600 or Santa Rosa police at (707) 543-3590.

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Ralph Hutchinson February 15, 2013 at 06:13 PM
A tragedy especially for the innocent tellers and bank employees on the scene. FDIC laws require cameras from several angles pointed at teller windows and at entrances/exits. Store banks are no different. They seem to have fairly good descriptions of the guy, not many blond haired Latinos that size I suspect. Where are the dye packs, the packs of money with serial numbers marked? Teller windows rarely carry more than $3,000-$8,000 even if you get the head teller and store branches likely have less working cash in the drawers at any given time especially early AM. This guy has a pattern and practice. He must be close by? Likely has a record doesn't sound like a first timer. Best wishes to our Law Enforcement teams on the 101. I guess white collar crime isn't the only thing active up and down the Rohnert Park-Santa Rosa 101 corridor with the failure of Sonoma Valley Bank and the deals they did up there.

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