Gardnerville robbery may be linked to others in region |

Gardnerville robbery may be linked to others in region

by Susie Vasquez

A man being sought for robbing the Gardnerville Bank of America on Monday morning may also be responsible for similar robberies in South Lake Tahoe, Carson City and Dayton.

Douglas County authorities are seeking a 20-year-old white man described as 5 feet, 8 inches tall and weighing 150 pounds.

According to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, a man wearing a green hooded sweatshirt, a scarf around his face and sunglasses handed a note to the teller at the Bank of America branch inside the Raley’s Supermarket.

He escaped on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Deputies from the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office were still looking for the man on Monday afternoon, who officials think may have robbed several other banks in the area, said Sheriff’s Office spokesman Tom Mezzetta.

Special agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation also responded to the incident.

Bank cameras did not capture enough of the man’s face to make him easily identifiable, but officials think he is responsible for similar robberies recently in South Lake Tahoe, Carson City and Dayton, according to Mezzetta.

At press time, deputies were conducting a search that included sidestreets, local businesses and Lampe Park, Mezzetta said.

“We have some unmarked vehicles in area and we’re following up on all leads,” he said.

Raley’s employee Genene Thomas, who was working at the camera bar next to the bank when it was robbed, said the robber kept a low profile.

“I was here doing a passport photo. I didn’t see anything,” she said. “People walk back and forth along this aisle all the time. I don’t notice unless they do something out of the ordinary.”

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Department asks anyone with information to contact them at 775-782-9911 or Secret Witness at 775-782-7463.

A reward of up to $500.00 is offered for information resulting in the arrest and prosecution of the suspect.

Susie Vasquez can be reached at or 782-5121, ext. 211.