Police looking for suspect in southwest Bakersfield bank robbery

Citibank robbed Wednesday afternoon

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Bakersfield Police are looking for the suspect involved in a bank robbery in southwest Bakersfield on Wednesday.

Police said it happened at the Citibank on California Avenue, just north of Stockdale Highway around 12:50 p.m.

The man gave a note to the bank teller and made mention he was in possession of an explosive device, BPD Sergeant Ryan Kroeker said.  The man left the bank and was seen headed in a southwestern direction.

The suspect is described as a white male, 30 to 40-years-old, 6'0" to 6'4", possible fake dark-colored beard, green hat, gray jacket and black shirt. 

Officers responded to the parking lot near the Bed Bath and Beyond searching for the suspect, Kroeker said.

Officers are investigating whether the part about the explosive device is credible, and there was no mention of a firearm, BPD said.  The man got away with an unknown amount of money.

This is at least the second time this particular bank has been robbed in the last year, Kroeker said.

Anyone with information about this investigation or the suspect's identity is asked to call Detective Chris Bagby at (661) 326-3567 or the Bakersfield Police Department at (661) 327-7111.

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