Updated: Mammoth Police seek Union Bank robber

Surveillance footage reveals robbery suspect.

Surveillance footage reveals robbery suspect.

 

Earlier, Mammoth Police were seeking a potential suspect vehicle related to the Union Bank robber. Now, Police Chief Dan Watson says that the vehicle and its owner have been located and identified.  He said the MLPD is no longer seeking assistance in locating this vehicle. Police continue to pursue other investigative leads.

 

UPDATE ON THE MAMMOTH LAKES UNION BANK ROBBERY (Full press release below)

The Mammoth Lakes Police Department (MLPD) is seeking the public’s assistance in locating a possible suspect vehicle related to the Union Bank robbery that occurred on Friday, August 2, 2013.

Vehicle Description:  Gold 2006 Toyota Sienna minivan with Iowa license plate 488XJR.  The Toyota could possibly be displaying an Arizona license plate.

The amount taken is said to be $1,400.

Anyone with information about the whereabouts of this vehicle is requested to contact the Mammoth Lakes Police Department at (760) 934-2011 or the Mono County Sheriff’s Office at (760) 932-7549 ext. 7.

** NEWS  RELEASE **

MAMMOTH LAKES POLICE SEEKS ASSISTANCE IN CAPTURING BANK ROBBERY SUSPECT – Press Release

The Mammoth Lakes Police Department (MLPD) is seeking the public’s assistance in locating a bank robbery suspect.  On Friday, August 2, at approximately 2:45 p.m., a man entered the Union Bank in Mammoth Lakes with a small leather bag.  The suspect approached the teller and handed her a note.  The note was printed in English and Spanish and read, “ROBBERY.”  The teller then handed the suspect money. As the suspect walked towards the exit door, the teller activated the silent alarm.  The MLPD arrived within three minutes and checked the area but were unable to locate the suspect.

Suspect Description:  Male, white, between 55-60 years, 5-9, slender build, white hair covered with a light green baseball cap, checkered white, red, and green long sleeve shirt.  The suspect was clean shaven.  No vehicle or weapon was seen. Police Chief Dan Watson said the bank lost $1400.

Anyone with information about the suspect is requested to contact the Mammoth Lakes Police Department at (760) 934-2011 or the Mono County Sheriff’s Office at (760) 932-7549 ext.7.

 

 

 

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ferdinand lopez
ferdinand lopez
9 years ago

a trail of meth crumbs

Trouble
Trouble
9 years ago

I can’t believe they haven’t caught this fool yet. Maybe next time he’ll leave his drivers license behind.

Tiburcio Vasquez
Tiburcio Vasquez
9 years ago

It took them a long time but when they finally captured me at age 39 I met my maker at the end of a rope.

Joaquin Murrieta
Joaquin Murrieta
9 years ago

Public pensions are out of control. We need to hit rock bottom before anything will improve.

Retirement Savings
Retirement Savings
9 years ago

The public pensions I’m aware of (CalPERS, etc.) are accumulated by the employees’ deductions from their paycheck – not from some hidden taxpayer policy that comes out of your pocket. Could it be Joaquin, you have not been disciplined enough to put some money away for your retirement and now… Read more »

Joaquin Murrieta
Joaquin Murrieta
9 years ago

Being that the Eastern Sierra is a wonderful place to retire I understand the popularity of public pensions and the likes and dislikes associated with post on the issue. Howevwer it doesn’t reflect the over all public opinion on the issue. There’s going to be a lot of crying when… Read more »

Robert Johnson
Robert Johnson
9 years ago

The real Economic Collapse has begun…HSBC Asks Foreign Diplomats To Close Accounts, creating Havoc for over 40 Embassies & Consulates, so the “terror threat” Is just a Cover Story to Cover Up the Impending BANKING COLLAPSE, Yep All those Public Employee Pension Funds Soon to Be a thing of the… Read more »

The change it has begun
The change it has begun
9 years ago
Reply to  Robert Johnson

Yes, Robert. The Economic Collapse has truly begun. America no longer rules the roost. Like every political/economic power before it: United Kingdom, Roman Empire, Greeks … all had their time at the top and one by one, all of them fell. China is the most logical new power. Why not… Read more »

Things are booming elsewhere
Things are booming elsewhere
9 years ago
Reply to  Robert Johnson

Well, things are booming outside of Mono and Inyo County where a ski resort does not run the whole damn thing. FYI – Check out what’s going on in SLO – San Luis Obispo Meanwhile, there’s talk of reducing salaries of qualified, hard-working non-union mono county employees while more progressive… Read more »

Padding my resume
Padding my resume
9 years ago

Re: Worst supervisors in Mono County history Case in point – the new CAO for Mono County has no plans of moving his family from Sonoma County to Mono County. This has “I’m just padding my resume” written all over it. I thought everybody could see that. How loyal to… Read more »

John Q. Taxpayer
John Q. Taxpayer
9 years ago

I’ve always been a bit suspicious of expensive appointed county/town managers who were hired outside of the districts they will be managing and even more suspicious of those who they themselves and their families have not intention of living where their constituents live. . Check out any government job website… Read more »

Wayne Deja
Wayne Deja
9 years ago

Things……Can I ask you question ?…If things are “booming elsewhere”,and you seemingly don’t care much for Mono or Inyo County,what are you doing here ?…and why are you staying ?…..Back in the year 2000,I hated where I was living,a big city,lots of crime,I had a lousy job,didn’t like the weather….or… Read more »

Movin' on
Movin' on
9 years ago
Reply to  Wayne Deja

Wayne –
A relocation is in the works.
Hopefully those remaining will hold the elected officials’ feet to the fire.
Reducing the salaries of non-union employees while reducing nothing for their part-time and well-paying part time jobs is deplorable.
The corruption and self-service is the worst I’ve ever seen.

Wayne Deja
Wayne Deja
9 years ago
Reply to  Movin' on

Movin’ on……How about some of us just going to work,coming home,and enjoying the area up here,and all it has to offer,without holding anyone’s “feet to the fire”,or finding things to make us miserable by thinking too much about the things we actually have no control over anyway.I’m sure all towns… Read more »

Creating Crisis when there is none
Creating Crisis when there is none
9 years ago
Reply to  Wayne Deja

Don’t buy into the BS that Mono County and the Town of Mammoth Lakes are going under. This is not going to happen anytime soon. This sort of political rhetoric is typical of the type of slimy elected official that likes to fabricate a crisis when there clearly is none.… Read more »

Juan Bautista de Anza
Juan Bautista de Anza
9 years ago

Thing are booming outside of Mono County? That’s not even close to accurate.

Job growth in California is anemic. Job growth numbers do not indicate a looming recovery.

In total denial about California's economy
In total denial about California's economy
9 years ago

Juan Bautista de Anza – You’ve been in denial and most likely trying to eke out a living in the Sierra for far too long. You have no idea how well the economy is doing in parts of California – the wineries are booming, the Bay area is doing even… Read more »

Mark
Mark
9 years ago

I’d like to barrow those rose colored glasses you’re wearing for awhile 😉 California does have various micro economies that are doing ok, but over all the State is anemic. Being a private sector business owner for 33 years I can tell when business is up and when business is… Read more »

California's Economic Recovery
California's Economic Recovery
9 years ago

California’s economic recovery and economic crisis in Europe should allow the state to regain its No. 7 or 8 ranking in the global economy, according to the Center for the Continuing Study of the California Economy. Steve Levy, the Palo Alto-based organization’s director, cited the latest data on California’s $2… Read more »

Tim Bue
Tim Bue
9 years ago

Sounds like he fit in too well with the folks that live in Mammoth. Should of only taken a few seconds for the PD to cross the street to find this loser.

Mark
Mark
9 years ago
Reply to  Tim Bue

3 minutes is a pretty good response time.

Big Rick OBrien
Big Rick OBrien
9 years ago
Reply to  Mark

It sure is ,Mark…especially when there are only 2,maybe 3 cops on duty to cover the entire town.

Bemused
Bemused
9 years ago

That’s plenty…

ferdinand lopez
ferdinand lopez
9 years ago

you give this guy too much credit,hes just stupid,and how in the hell did he get away,lets see,try north and south on 395

Mark
Mark
9 years ago

Who was just saying you can’t get away from LEO’s in Mono/Inyo county because of so few road out of the area?

I’ll stick to my original comment that there is more to this story

Ken Warner
Ken Warner
9 years ago

Isn’t that Jack Foley? Did you ever read Leonard’s “Out of Sight”?

ferdinand lopez
ferdinand lopez
9 years ago

what a scumbag

Really
Really
9 years ago

Isn’t there a way to make the pictures on this website clickable so we can view a larger version of the pictures? It would be nice to get a good look at this guy but this pic is small. Just wondering.

Desert Tortoise
Desert Tortoise
9 years ago
Reply to  Really

I was thinking the same thing and Mark is probably correct in that this guy has other things going on in his life to rob a bank with no disguise at all.

Yup!
Yup!
9 years ago
Reply to  Really

Just cut and paste the photo to an Email or Word, then click on the corner and drag it to the size you want,

Trouble
Trouble
9 years ago
Reply to  Really

Really-Maybe we could see the needle marks on his arms.

Mark
Mark
9 years ago

There’s a story behind this story. Grown men don’t rob banks and let everyone see them. Health issue, mental health, or just a lot more to the story

Thanks for no gun-control
Thanks for no gun-control
9 years ago
Reply to  Mark

WASHINGTON—Following the Senate’s rejection of a bipartisan amendment to expand background checks for gun buyers, the young victims of next week’s school shooting emphatically thanked members of Congress today for failing to pass more comprehensive gun control legislation. “Great job, guys,” said 14-year-old Jacob Miller, one of nine junior high… Read more »

ferdinand lopez
ferdinand lopez
9 years ago

looks like glenn plake, just kidding all you plake lovers ,good to see mammoth growing and moving in the right direction

salblaster
salblaster
9 years ago

not much of a disguise. should’nt be to difficult to find this guy.

Stretch
Stretch
9 years ago
Reply to  salblaster

The perp will be hard to find in Chalfant, They all Look alike there 🙂

Trouble
Trouble
9 years ago

i’d shot the idiot, then tell him to join the NRA before he robs his next bank.

cl
cl
9 years ago
Reply to  Trouble

You would have shot a guy over money that’s insured. Hmm

Trouble
Trouble
9 years ago
Reply to  cl

CL- good point, but yes!

Trouble
Trouble
9 years ago
Reply to  Trouble

O.K. maybe I wouldn’t shot the guy, but if everyone had the right to carry a gun , this guy wouldn’t have robbed this bank.

Desert Tortoise
Desert Tortoise
9 years ago
Reply to  Trouble

You would fit right into society in Yemen. Same level of educational achievement, same tribal attachment to firearms, same daily dependence on a drug, though in their case it is quat. Well adjusted and educated people don’t walk around in public armed. We left the law of the jungle generations… Read more »

The American Way
The American Way
9 years ago
Reply to  Trouble

I’m for arming all of our children with guns – so they’ll feel safer at school and everywhere else.

Big AL
Big AL
9 years ago
Reply to  Trouble

DT … It isn’t about a gun to settle things and you know it. I’m not sure where you will fit in … You’re level of understanding is suspect. You would be the first one in line for the koolaid I suspect. Being well adjusted and educated means you don’t… Read more »

Desert Tortoise
Desert Tortoise
9 years ago
Reply to  Trouble

Big Al, I have lived a full life without resorting to the barbarity of walking around armed, and I lived and worked in some rough communities south of the San Gabriels. I have been shot at on the street, and I still have a bullet in one of my cars… Read more »

Truth on Gun Control
Truth on Gun Control
9 years ago
Reply to  Trouble

DT, once again you have it all wrong.

Here is how it really rolls:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-lDb0Dn8OXE

Big AL
Big AL
9 years ago
Reply to  Trouble

DT .. sorry you seem to think I am meaning it all macho like .. there’s nothing really macho and ego about it, you missed the point. I don’t carry a gun around day to day, I carry at times, when I feel I need to. I too have lived… Read more »

Wayne Deja
Wayne Deja
9 years ago
Reply to  Trouble

Trouble…If you were in the bank at the time of the robbery,and shot this guy,without seeing a weapon (the survaillance cameras would have showed),a good chance you’d be in some trouble yourself…..unless your last name was Zimmerman and it happened in Florida.

Trouble
Trouble
9 years ago
Reply to  Wayne Deja

Wayne- give me your best guess on what the note said he was going to do? Yes I would have.

Wayne Deja
Wayne Deja
9 years ago
Reply to  Trouble

Trouble….and unless he had a weapon drawn,the least that would happen is having your own life turned up-side-down,probably facing some stiff charges,spending LOTS of money on a lawyer defending you,whether you’d be convicted of anything,or even IF you should be convicted of anything is really beside the point…not to mention,you… Read more »

Trouble
Trouble
9 years ago
Reply to  Wayne Deja

You are probably right Wayne, but this guy is on a deadly road. Besides, all I really wanted was to get people to talk about our local carrier gun laws. Which in my opinion suck.

Guns for Kids
Guns for Kids
9 years ago
Reply to  Wayne Deja

All red-blooded Americans should support a tax (say 10% of all cigarette and AK-47 purchases) that would go towards helping all gunless , defenseless children.

And all those who don’t support this American ideal can go to hell.

Mr. NRA
Mr. NRA
9 years ago
Reply to  Wayne Deja

Hey Guns for Kids,

Guess what my kids aren’t defenceless and they also have life time memberships to Front Sight in Pahrump, NV. Having knowledge about guns is power.

Wayne Deja
Wayne Deja
9 years ago
Reply to  Wayne Deja

Trouble…I agree with what you say about the State and County CCW laws in California…In my opinion,people should be allowed to carry unless they have a record ,or if they get convicted of a misdemeanor or,of course,a felony after they get the permit….In Oregon,it takes a 4 hour class,and $60.00… Read more »

Mark
Mark
9 years ago
Reply to  Wayne Deja

I was robbed while being a checker at alpha beta in 1980, guy said this is a robbery give me all the money. I said I’m not giving you all the money unless you have a gun or something worse. He should me a gun, I said thank you and… Read more »

Big Rick OBrien
Big Rick OBrien
9 years ago
Reply to  Trouble

A gun is like a parachute…if you NEED one and don’t have it, you’ll probably never need one again.

Trouble
Trouble
9 years ago

I like that Big Rick. I’ll have to borrow that.

Big AL
Big AL
9 years ago
Reply to  Wayne Deja

Oh very nice Wayne … nice comparison …

BillyBobb
BillyBobb
9 years ago
Reply to  Big AL

Comparing Apples & Oranges Wayne apples and Oranges… You should run for public office Wayne, Wayne for Senate, that has a ring to it… 🙂

Wayne LaPierre - NRA
Wayne LaPierre - NRA
9 years ago
Reply to  Big AL

More than three weeks after the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, annoyed NRA president Wayne LaPierre told reporters Monday that while he understands the seriousness of the tragedy, he had only assumed the senseless murder of 20 first-graders and six educators by a mentally unstable gunman would have… Read more »

Big Rick OB
Big Rick OB
9 years ago

CHALFANT… check CHALFANT !

Chalfant Resident
Chalfant Resident
9 years ago
Reply to  Big Rick OB

Gee Rick, as a 20+ year resident of Chalfant Valley, paying my taxes, maintaining my house, helping my son buy a house in the same neighborhood, getting together with great neighbors, helping each other, enjoying the wide open spaces yada, yada, yada, I wanted to give you a piece of… Read more »

Incivility reigns supreme
Incivility reigns supreme
9 years ago

Things have become so childish (and deliberately uncivil) from some people in their anonymity on blogs like this, that now these types feel more powerful and in control by dissing where other people live.

Big Rick OBrien
Big Rick OBrien
9 years ago

If you’re referring to me, I.R.S. , I wasn’t “dissing” any body, or any place, I was making light of a serious incident. Some people just aren’t able to read between the lines. And as far as (ANONYMITY) goes, I am the only guy (or gal) on this thread that… Read more »

Big AL
Big AL
9 years ago

Right on Rick .. sometimes the anonymity is nothing personal .. like some people like to take it LOL

What's in a name?
What's in a name?
9 years ago

@ Big Rick OBrien – Whether a contributor to blogs such as this chooses to give his given birth name, a fictitious name, a slang name, a shortened name, a foreign name or no name whatsoever, it seems to me it is the CONTENT of that person’s posting that should… Read more »

Stretch
Stretch
9 years ago

OMG I seen this perp in Chalfant before, for real. Check Chalfant !

Big Rick OBrien
Big Rick OBrien
9 years ago

I thought that it would be OBVIOUS that my remark was meant to be tongue- in- cheek…referring to the St. Patrick’s Day bank robber whose remains were found not far from, dare I say it, Ch#^*@nt. (Most) of my remarks ARE meant to be humorous, not hurtful or disparaging. GEEZ,… Read more »

Big AL
Big AL
9 years ago

I knew you were making a joke Rick … Kinda rough now days to make a joke without getting diss’ed for it .. but on the other side of the coin .. some people get butthurt easily, they don’t see the humor for what it is.

Mark
Mark
9 years ago
Reply to  Big AL

Now days people can’t handle the First Amendment..

and they sure can’t handle Police Chief Mark Kessler exercising his 1st & 2nd Amendment rights.

Damaged Ego "HA"
Damaged Ego "HA"
9 years ago

Big Rick.

An old saying, “When you find yourself in a hole, stop digging”
Let’s just let the Likes and Dislikes speak for themselves.

Streach. I’m not biting, so you might as well stop trying…….to be funny if that’s what your trying to be.