Monday Jan 05 2009
Another bank robbed in downtown Auburn
By: Bruce Warren Journal Staff Writer
White male gets away with undisclosed amount
Wearing a yellow baseball cap with the word “LOCO” printed on it, a white male walked up to a Wells Fargo bank teller on Lincoln Way and made off with an undisclosed amount of cash just after noon Monday in Downtown Auburn. The Auburn Police Department received a call from Wells Fargo at 12:04 p.m. and immediately dispatched an officer to the scene. Sgt. Dave Lawicka was the second officer to arrive. “A bank customer saw it happen and actually gave chase,” Lawicka said. “But he had a pretty good head start on him so he ended up losing him.” The approximately 5-foot-8 male, about 170 pounds, was last seen running on foot on Lewis Street and eventually westbound on Orange, Lawicka said. “We don’t know where he went after that,” Lawicka said. When asked if this could have been the same man with a goatee, who robbed the Bank of America on High Street on Dec. 23, Lawicka said, “No.” “For sure, it’s not a guy who robbed any of our banks in the past,” Lawicka said. Photos taken by the Wells Fargo surveillance camera do not show any weapon. One photo shows the suspect with a note in his left hand and his right hand inside his coat, which could be concealing something. When asked if that could have been a weapon, Lawicka said he had a bag in that hand, which was used to put the cash in. “He alluded to shooting the teller, but never brandished a weapon,” Lawicka said. Just minutes after the robbery, one pedestrian on Lincoln Way was asked what she thought about banks being held up in Auburn. “It’s very bad,” said Lisa Graves, who has been banking at Wells Fargo’s Lincoln Way branch for three months. “It makes me nervous because it’s in broad daylight. It’s scarey.” A Wells Fargo bank official on Lincoln Way was contacted right after the robbery, but referred all questions to a corporate spokesman, who had not called the Journal before deadline Monday.