Turlock Police detectives are investigating the possibility that serial bank robbers are operating in the city after a bank robbery on Monday.
The robbery at Citibank bore striking similarities to one that was reported Sept. 13 at the Rabobank at 2190 W. Monte Vista Ave., though it is too early in the investigations to say that they are definitively linked, said Turlock Police spokesman Sgt. Russ Holeman.
The latest robbery was reported around 3:30 p.m. Monday at the Citibank at 2000 Geer Rd.
The two male suspects entered the bank wearing ski masks and hoodies pulled tight over their faces. They were armed with handguns and ordered everyone on the ground.
The robbers took an undisclosed amount of cash from the bank and fled in a four-door silver Buick.
There were no injuries reported in the robbery.
The Buick was found abandoned about two blocks away in an alley running behind Olde Tyme Pastries, Holeman said. Investigators discovered the Buick had been reported stolen out of the South Bay area.
A white pickup truck with a lumber rack was seen parked in the area of where the Buick was abandoned.
The take-over style robbery and the abandoned stolen vehicle also were elements of the previous robbery.
In that case, three suspects entered the bank wearing masks over their faces and hoodies pulled tight over their heads. One suspect was armed with a rifle, while the other two were armed with handguns.
The robbers pushed the customers in the bank down to the ground, causing a minor injury to one customer, according to the police report.
The robbers took an undisclosed amount of cash from the tellers and fled in a red pickup truck.
The truck was found just a few minutes later by CSU Police officers. It was left at the intersection of Monte Vista Avenue and Four Seasons Drive with the engine still running and the doors open. Investigators later learned the truck had been stolen from out of the area.
Detectives are reaching out to other law enforcement agencies in the region to see if other similar robberies have been reported.
The investigations into both robberies continues and police area asking anyone with surveillance cameras in the area of the robbery to review the footage and report any sightings of the Buick or the white pickup truck.
Anyone with information about the robberies is asked to contact the Turlock Police Department tip line at 668-5550 ext. 6780 or at TPDtipline@turlock.ca.us.