Surveillance cameras catch clear images of armed bank robber

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The Fresno County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help identifying a suspected bank robber.

According to Tony Botti with the sheriff’s office, the robber stormed into the Westamerica Bank in Easton and pointed a gun at employees faces.” (He) immediately started pointing the gun at everyone who was working there demanding the teller behind the counter give him all the money that he had,” Botti said.

 Authorities are not disclosing an amount, but said he got away with a “size able amount of cash.”

Botti said the call came in just after 9:30 a.m. Wednesday. 

Video shows the man pacing and pointing his gun at employees as the teller packs up the cash. 

“You can start to see the anger builds. He’s very forceful with people, threatening people — Letting them know that this is no joke,” Botti said. 

Multiple cameras caught the suspect from different angels. He’s described as a Hispanic man in his thirties or forties, standing about 5’6″ with a stocky build. Botti said his nicer attire — slacks, a button up, and dress shoes are an unusual choice,
as is his decision not to cover his face. 

“Quite a difference from all the videos we have been getting where it’s people head to toe sweatshirts masks hats gloves everything you can’t even see there faces. This guy you get a clear image down to the frame of the glasses that he’s wearing,” Botti said.

There were three employees and no customers in the bank during the robbery. No one was hurt. 

Anyone with information is asked to contact detective Eric Penland at (559) 600-8171, eric.penland@fresnosheriff.org you may also contact crime stoppers at (559) 498-7867 or www.valleycrimestoppers.org. You will remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward.

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