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Bank robbed on High Street

Officials say suspect could be involved in other area robberies
By: Jenifer Gee Journal Staff Writer
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An unknown suspect took an unspecified amount of cash in a noontime robbery Tuesday at Bank of America on High Street in Auburn. Auburn Police Sgt. Dave Lawicka described the suspect as a white male wearing blue jeans, a red T-shirt covering a black hoodie sweatshirt, tan baseball hat with a Fox brand motocross logo on forefront of the cap and a full goatee on his face. The suspect is said to be between 5 feet 6 inches and 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighs 220 to 250 pounds. He has sandy blond or light brown short hair and light-colored eyes. He is said to be in his late 20s or early 30s. At about 11:52 a.m., he entered the bank, located at 900 High St., and demanded cash from one of the bank’s tellers, officials reported. He placed it in a large document-size manila envelope, Lawicka said. He exited out into the rear west parking lot of the bank. According to a news release issued later Tuesday, the suspect left on foot in an unknown direction. Lawicka said the suspect did not display a weapon. He asked for $100s, $50s and bottom drawer cash. Following the robbery, the bank was immediately shut down. About two to three customers and about half-a-dozen employees were kept inside, Lawicka said. Chantel Hernandez-Wood was getting ready to enter the bank to make a deposit when she noticed the door was locked and people from inside were motioning for her to leave. “There were three of us at the door and we stood in disbelief,” Hernandez-Wood said. An officer then approached her and asked if she could step away from the bank. No injuries were reported. The bank remained closed for most of Tuesday afternoon as investigators dusted for fingerprints, took statements, reviewed video and determined how much cash was taken, Lawicka said. Auburn Police Department officials say they believe this suspect was involved in several other robberies in the area, including one at a Roseville bank. Anyone with information or who witnessed the robbery is asked to call 911 immediately or contact the Auburn Police Department Investigation Division at (530) 823-4237, ext. 207. The Journal's Jenifer Gee can be reached at jeniferg@goldcountrymedia.com or post a comment.