Town rocked by bank robbery

By: Roger Phelps, The Telegraph
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An apparently unarmed man robbed an El Dorado Hills bank then vanished without a trace in broad daylight. He acted alone, evidently without even a getaway car, and made off with an undisclosed amount of cash from the Bank of America branch on Park Drive. The incident occurred at 1:30 p.m. with the bank full of customers, according to the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office. No one was injured. Deputies are seeking a heavyset man, white skin, tall, with a neck tattoo, who was wearing a blue jacket and a blue ball cap. “It was just very brazen,” said Sgt. Bryan Golmitz. “He waited his turn in line. There was no indication he had a weapon. No note. He makes his demands and just leaves. From accounts, he was not jacked up. He’s either real cool in controlling his emotions, or just real good at this.” Business as usual goes on at the bank in the wake of the robbery, except for the posting outside on the front walk of an armed security guard. “Security’s looking good,” said the guard from the Wackenhut Corp., an internationally active firm based in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. Bank customer Walter Vaughn said he’d heard about the reported crime at his bank, which occurred Feb. 17. “I’m surprised it happened in this area,” Vaughn said. “It’s usually quiet. But, it won’t influence my coming here.” Vaughn, who shook hands while greeting the officer, said Wackenhut had patrolled at the bank some time in the past, then stopped, and now had started again following the robbery. Customer Victor Dominguez said he’d not heard of the incident but would most likely use the Folsom branch, as he usually does. “I never come here — I always use the Folsom branch, even though I live right here,” Dominguez said. Golmitz said he could not recall if an El Dorado Hills bank has ever been robbed. He also remarked on the suspect’s ability to elude law enforcement. “We had units in the area real quick,” Golmitz said. “Eight marked and unmarked cruisers. There were no reports of associates or a vehicle. More than likely he did not run down El Dorado Hills Boulevard. Rather, he would try to bed down (in the area). We went to restaurants, stores (and) found nothing.” The suspect is described as 6 feet tall, 240 pounds, around 40 years of age, unshaven, with a raspy voice. His tattoo is blue in color and may depict flames. Detectives request help with the case. If you have any information related to the crime, call 530-621-6600.