The Wells Fargo inside Raley's grocery store on Notre Dame Blvd. was robbed this afternoon. We haven't had a bank robbery in some time. I'm surprised they still happen.
The robbers don't get much from the tellers and with all the security cameras and witnesses that would see you, it doesn't seem worth it. It doesn't seem worth it even if you got a couple thousand dollars out of it. But some people dare to challenge the local law enforcement.
Today, one suspect did challenge the force and managed to scurry away... for now that is. It really is only a matter of time before security footage will make a positive ID and the suspect be tracked down. Too bad they didn't catch him on scene. But I was able to snap a few local police heroes who might make the paper again in the future for some service they perform. It'll be nice to add to the collection.
Chico Police Lt. Mike O'Brien (left) talks with Capt. Kirk Trostle (right) as they investigate the scene of a bank robbery at the Wells Fargo bank inside Raley's on Notre Dame Tuesday, March 16, 2010 in Chico, Calif. The suspect ran off with an undisclosed amount of money. (Jason Halley/Chico Enterprise-Record)
Chico Police officer Winston Capucion gathers investigation material from his patrol vehicle to investigate the scene of a bank robbery at the Wells Fargo bank inside Raley's on Notre Dame Tuesday. (Jason Halley/Chico Enterprise-Record)
The most interesting thing about bank robberies now of days is that all you need is a piece of paper. Back in the day you'd have to have at least a revolver or tommy gun, a horse or a car, or even a posse to help. There are so many rules that don't allow clerks to take risks (and they really shouldn't) that someone can just come in with a note and that's it! They don't even have to say anything! It's really too easy.