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Downtown bank robbed

By: Melody Stone, Journal staff writer
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A white male in his late 50’s robbed the U.S. Bank at 730 High St. in Downtown Auburn at 11:55 a.m. Tuesday, according to Auburn Police Chief Valerie Harris. The suspect is described as having graying hair, unshaven facial hair, is 5-foot-8-inches tall and weighs approximately 155-160 pounds. He was wearing a black “beanie” hat, a dark shirt, and wire-rim reading glasses. No weapon was seen. He possibly left the area in a newer model, green Honda. Mary Domschot, owner of Aunt Flo’s Chocolates, often watches the bank from her store window. She said she was checking her e-mail in the back when the robbery occurred but didn’t hear anything. "It was very quiet. I didn’t hear alarms or nothing," Domschot said. "The streets were empty. I didn’t see anything. I used to work at the bank and I’ve been robbed before, so I know that feeling." Domschot compared the feeling of experiencing a bank robbery to being in a car accident; legs shaking, heart pumping and shock. "It’s like a feeling of disbelief," Domschot said. "Then you think, ‘oh no, did I follow protocol?’ It’s not a good feeling at all." This is the second bank robbery in Downtown Auburn since the first of the year. Capt. John Ruffcorn said the investigation is ongoing and information will be released as it becomes available. “We’re going to do the best we can,” Ruffcorn said. Ruffcorn said there was only one bank robbery in Auburn in 2009, three in 2008 and none occurred in 2006 or 2007. "We work with all our local banks on a regular basis to make sure we're all on the same page when situations like this happen and (we are) trying to prevent them," Ruffcorn said. Recently Bank of the West branches in Grass Valley, South Lake Tahoe, and Kings Beach were robbed by a suspect wearing a fake beard and a green fedora. He was described as being 40 to 50 years old, wore sunglasses, had graying hair and displayed a handgun. Ruffcorn said it doesn’t appear the robberies are related. "Physical descriptions appear a little off and the guy today looked a little older," Ruffcorn said. If you have any information, please contact the Auburn Police Department at (530) 823-4234 Additional information will be released as the investigations progresses.