New photos of man who robbed Arroyo Grande bank released

Authorities aren’t saying whether the crime is linked to a Pismo Beach bank heist 2 weeks ago

newsroom@thetribunenews.comApril 3, 2014 

UPDATE: 10:45 a.m. Wednesday: Arroyo Grande police and the FBI have released additional photos of the suspect in Thursday's robbery of the Bank Of America on West Branch Street. One image captured from an ATM show a close-up of the suspect's face.

Additionally, two surveillance still photos — both from newly installed video cameras in the Village — show the suspected getaway car traveling on West Branch.

According to Arroyo Grande Police Department Cmdr. Beau Pryor, the car was described by a witness as a dark green sedan, and from the photos it appears to be a four-door model.

Crime Stoppers has offered a $1,000 reward for information leading to the suspect's arrest. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 781-4502 or the Arroyo Grande Police Department at 473-5100.

UPDATE 3 p.m. Friday: Arroyo Grande police have released photos of the man who robbed a Bank of America branch in Arroyo Grande on Thursday.

Original story: A Bank of America in Arroyo Grande was robbed just before 6 p.m. Thursday and the robber made off with an undisclosed amount of cash, police said.

The robbery comes just two weeks after a Bank of America in Pismo Beach was robbed, also just before a 6 p.m. closing time.

Arroyo Grande Police said an adult male entered the Bank of America on West Branch Street at about 6 p.m. Thursday, ordered a bank teller to give him cash and said he had a gun, although none was displayed. After the teller gave him cash, the man fled on foot and was last seen running toward Wesley Street, police said.

The FBI also is involved in the investigation, and detectives were looking at bank surveillance video to try to identify the robber, police said.

On Thursday evening, Arroyo Grande police Sgt. Jeff Souza said a detailed description of the robber was not being released and declined to say whether investigators were looking for a link with the Pismo Beach heist. Souza did say that Arroyo Grande detectives were “in contact with detectives in other agencies.”

The Bank of America robbery in Pismo Beach occurred March 21. That suspect was described as a light-skinned male adult in his mid- to late 50s, about 5 feet 6 inches tall, wearing dark jeans and a dark-colored hooded sweatshirt. He was seen leaving in an older, possibly blue, two-door car.

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