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Men with masks and guns rob Paso Robles bank, police say

Posted at 10:22 AM, Nov 15, 2019

UPDATE (11:43 a.m) - Paso Robles police have released additional information about a bank robbery that occurred Friday morning at Pacific Premier Bank on 12th Street.

Police say two men seen in surveillance photos wearing Halloween-type masks and hooded jackets robbed the bank Friday morning before taking off in a gold-colored car. At least one of the men had a gun.

The robbers at some point got out of the car and switched to a white truck, according to police, who say a California Highway Patrol helicopter first spotted the car along the 1800 block of Oak Street.

"The vehicle was still running with the lights on," said Sergeant Ricky Lehr with the Paso Robles Police Department. "We found a glove right next to the vehicle that appeared to have just been dropped."

The truck is described as being a GMC or Chevrolet pickup with tinted windows, thin black or gray trim on the side, a trailer hitch and a lot of items in the bed.

Police also went door to door, asking neighbors if they saw or heard anything. A neighborhood surveillance camera snapped a picture of the second getaway car.

Authorities thought the pick-up truck was spotted in San Miguel, but later said it was not the one of interest.

Though there are similarities between the two robberies, officials said different masks were worn each time.

Police are still trying to piece together evidence to see if the two are connected.

Anyone who thinks they see it is asked to call 911 immediately and report the vehicle's location.

Police say people should not make any contact with the vehicle or men.

Additional information can be given to police at (805) 237-6464.


UPDATE (11:24 a.m.) - Paso Robles police have released a photo of the vehicle they believe the men are now driving.


Police are looking for two people who they say robbed a Paso Robles bank.

Friday morning's robbery at Pacific Premier Bank on the 400 block of 12th Street is the second at the bank in less than two months.

Police say two men wearing masks and armed with guns walked into the bank around 9:20 a.m. and demanded money.

They took off in a gold-colored vehicle and had not been caught as of 10:10 a.m., according to police.

A helicopter was being used in the search.

No one was injured.

The bank is now closed and no other information was immediately available.

On Sept. 23, another robbery occurred at the bank when police say a man, armed with a gun and wearing a mask resembling an elderly man, demanded cash from the teller.