Two bank robberies were carried out by suspects who used classic, almost movie-made tactics: one suspect used the finger-in-the-jacket move, the other slipped a note to the teller demanding money.
The bank robberies were attempted yesterday afternoon, just
blocks away from each other by suspects with similar descriptions, but police
are investigating the crimes as unrelated.
The suspect in each robbery was described as a man in his
50s, but the tactics used in the robberies were different, which is unusual if
the crimes were related, said police
spokesman Albie Esparza. Normally, Esparza said, a person will use the same tactics
when committing similar crimes.
At 1:05 p.m. Thursday, a man in his 50s walked into the Bank
of the West on Front Street and demanded money from a teller. He tried to stick
up the bank by pretending to have a gun, using the classic finger in the jacket
pocket move, according to what the teller told the police. He then turned around and left without getting any money, perhaps fearing his plan
was ill thought out and that the jig was up.
Then at 1:38 p.m., another bank was hit, this time on the first block of
Post Street. The suspect was also described as man in his late 50s, but instead
of pretending to have a gun like the other suspect, this one simply handed the
teller a note demanding money. After receiving an undisclosed amount of money,
the suspect fled.
The police don't have any suspects in custody.