Another local bank robbed
- Bill Sheehy
- Central Oregonian - News
For the third time in two years, there has been a bank robbery in Prineville. Friday afternoon, the Bank of the Cascades, located on the corner of Third and Main streets was robbed.
>A man described as being middle-aged robbed the Bank of the Cascades Friday afternoon and got away with an undisclosed amount of money
Police responded quickly and began the search for the suspect, described as being a male in his late 30s to early 50s, with short brown hair. Witnesses in the bank told officers the culprit was between 5'7" and 5'9" and slim to medium build.
Searchers soon covered much of the northwest side of town, looking for a man wearing a green jacket and brown baseball cap. The robber was also reportedly wearing a hearing aid in his right ear.
Apparently no one was injured in the daytime robbery, and an early report indicated that no weapon was used in the incident.
Patti Moss, Bank of Cascades president and CEO would not comment on the robbery other than to praise bank employees. "The important news is everyone (at the bank) is fine and the staff did a good job and followed bank procedures," she said.
Friday's Bank of the Cascade robbery was the second bank heist in Prineville this year and the third in recent memory. Last June, a 21-year-old man entered the Prineville branch of Community First Bank shortly after 10 o'clock one Tuesday morning and fled with an undisclosed amount of cash.
In that incident, the bad guy was chased by a customer down a back street with bills falling out of a pocket as the robbery fled.
The bank robber later captured and identified as Prineville resident Nathan James Elsea. Anyone listening to their scanner during the ensuing chase heard the pursuing officers describe the thief as being dress "like a clown." Early reports described the man as wearing Carhart brand type overalls and a white shirt. His face was covered by a knitted ski-mask and he had a backpack on his back. The overalls had bright colored patches, it was said, similar to what rodeo clowns wear.
In a relatively short time, authorities, with the help of Valko, the the Prineville Police Department K-9 officer and tracking dogs from the Deschutes County Sheriff's office, Elsea was captured.