YUCCA VALLEY — Investigators are looking for a man who robbed the Bank of America here Thursday morning. Detective Daniel Rodriguez of the Morongo Basin Sheriff’s Station says a man walked into the bank around 10 a.m. and handed a teller a note demanding money. He left with an undisclosed amount of cash and was last seen walking southbound from the bank.
The suspect is described as a white or Hispanic man between 5 feet, 8 inches and 6 feet tall. He had dirty blond or brown hair and wore a black baseball cap, a white T-shirt with a round logo on the front left and the back, baggy blue shorts and white shoes.
Rodriguez says the robber was caught on camera.
“We’re still waiting on more surveillance footage. Right now we just have two photos,” he said Thursday.
One week before the Yucca Valley robbery, a Bank of America branch on East Palm Canyon Drive in Cathedral City was robbed. Rodriguez said detectives don’t believe the two incidents are connected.
“We spoke to their security manager and he said it doesn’t match the suspect they had in their surveillance video,” Rodriguez said.
Following the robbery, the Yucca Valley branch closed for a few hours while police talked to witnesses.
Customers attempting to drive into the bank’s parking lot were diverted by yellow police tape, and had to use the walk-up automated teller machine instead.
David Mennie of Flamingo Heights stood in line to use the ATM when he was informed of the situation by another customer.
“In Yucca Valley?” he asked. “No one’s safe anywhere … I’m just glad I wasn’t in there.” Mennie added he was “surprised, but not shocked” to hear about the bank robbery.
Investigators ask anyone with more information about this case to call the sheriff’s station at (760) 366-4175.