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Man robs Auburn bank

Business locked down following afternoon robbery
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 Fox motocross logo on forefront of the cap and a full goatee on his face. Lawicka estimated that the suspect is about 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighs about 240 pounds. He demanded cash from one of the bank’s tellers and placed it in a large document-size manila envelope, Lawicka said. He exited out into the rear west parking lot of the bank. Lawicka said police do not know if he left on foot or in a vehicle. 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 will remain closed for at least a few hours this afternoon as investigators dust for fingerprints, take statements, review video and determine how much cash was taken, Lawicka said. Anyone with information or who witnessed the robbery is asked to call 911 immediately. The Journal will post updates as they become available, including bank surveillance of the suspect. The Journal's Jenifer Gee can be reached at jeniferg@goldcountrymedia.com or post a comment at auburnjournal.com.