Sheriff's Office seeks Happy Camp bank robbery suspect

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald
A photo of the suspect being sought for a robbery at the Happy Camp branch of Scott Valley Bank Wednesday morning, June 14, 2017. Photo distributed by the Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office.

A suspect is being sought after an armed robbery that was reported Wednesday morning, June 14, at the Happy Camp branch of Scott Valley Bank.

The Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office reported that its deputies responded to the scene after a call about the robbery was received at 10:22 a.m. A preliminary investigation revealed a male suspect “entered the bank and claimed he had a gun and demanded money. An undisclosed amount of cash was taken and the suspect fled the area on foot,” according to a Sheriff’s Office news release.

Bank employees did not see a firearm during the robbery, according to the release, but Sheriff Jon Lopey states that the suspect “should be considered armed and dangerous.”

“The suspect was described as a white or Hispanic male adult, six feet in height with a medium to stocky build,” according to the release. He was reported to have dark, short to medium length hair and a short black beard and a mustache and was wearing tan, Carhartt work-type pants, shoes with white stripes on the bottom, a floppy boonie-type fishing hat, a tan leather jacket, and mirrored sunglasses.

“The suspect may have been operating a white Subaru or Isuzu automobile with unknown Oregon license plates. A vehicle matching this profile was observed in the Happy Camp area being operated by a male adult matching the robber’s description prior to the robbery.”

Sheriff Lopey states that “SCSO’s Major Crimes Unit, which includes detectives and our forensic technician, responded to the scene to assist our deputies with the crime scene investigation. Information about the robbery was disseminated to federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies in the region, including Oregon authorities. This case is still under investigation and anyone with information about this armed robbery is urged to contact the SCSO 24-hour Dispatch Center at (530) 841-2900.”