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Woman robs Golden 1 Credit Union

Modified: Tuesday, Jul 16th, 2013

Photos taken from Golden 1 Credit Union video of the woman suspected of robbing the bank Tuesday afternoon. The Paso Robles Police Department made the photos available to the media.

PASO ROBLES A woman is suspected of robbing the Golden 1 Credit Union shortly after 5 p.m. in Paso Robles, the Paso Robles Police Department reported.

This is the second robbery of a bank in Paso Robles this year and the seventh bank robbery in San Luis Obispo County in 2013. The Wells Fargo Bank on Spring Street in Paso Robles was reportedly robbed by an armed man on June 18. Three banks in Atascadero, one in Nipomo and one in San Luis Obispo also were robbed this year. Six of the heists have taken place since May 25.

The suspect in Tuesday's robbery is described as a Hispanic woman, 35 to 40 years old, standing 5-feet-7 and weighting 160 pounds wearing dark-framed eye glasses, a turquoise blue T-shirt, tan cap, black purse and blue jeans. She entered the bank in the 1000 block of Niblick Road at about 5 p.m., demanded money and then fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of money.

There were reports of a the woman having a weapon but none was seen, the PRPD reported. No person was injured during the incident and the dollar loss is still being determined.

Attempts to locate the suspect were unsuccessful. The California Highway Patrol helicopter assisted with the search. PRPD is receiving assistance processing the crime scene from the FBI.

The suspect in the Golden 1 Credit Union robbery and the suspect in the robbery of the Coast Hills Federal Credit Union on June 27 in Nipomo were both described as women of roughly the same height, weight and age range. The Nipomo heist happened at about 4:45 p.m.

The woman in the Nipomo heist also wore a ball cap, a T-shirt, dark-framed eye glasses and blue jeans. She also fled on foot and has not been arrested. Authorities are not saying the robberies in Paso Robles on Tuesday or last month in Nipomo are connected.

The PRPD is seeking assistance from the public to help solve Tuesday's crime. Anyone with any information about this crime or any person(s) involved, is urged to call Crime Stoppers at (805) 549-STOP (549-7867) or submit a Web Tip from the Crime Stoppers website at http://www.slotips.org. Submit a "TEXT TIP" by texting "slotips" and a message to CRIMES (or 274637). Crime Stoppers will pay a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to arrest and conviction.

For the complete article see the 07-16-2013 issue.

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