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Police are looking for this Dodge pickup, which they say carried away a man who minutes earlier had robbed a PremierWest Bank branch in Medford on Sept. 14.

Surveillance photos show bank robber fleeing on bike

Medford police have released photos of a suspected robber fleeing from a PremierWest Bank branch in southeast Medford last week and are investigating the possibility he might have held up banks in Northern California in August.

A robber, thought to be wearing a wig and fake beard and mustache, went into the bank at 2600 E. Barnett Road shortly before noon on Sept. 14 and handed a teller a note demanding cash. He left with an undisclosed amount of money, then got on a bike and rode across the Black Oak Village shopping center lot.

Police have distributed photos from surveillance cameras posted around the shopping center. The photos show the man on the bike and show a large Dodge pickup also associated with him, police said.

A police dog tracked the robber to Mud Creek, which flows just south of the shopping center. The bike, which is turquoise with the word "Giant" painted on it in yellow, was found there, police said.

In the surveillance footage, investigators saw the man ride away from the bank, abandon the bike and get into the truck, Medford police Detective Sgt. Mike Budreau said.

The truck seen in the security camera photos is a tan Dodge four-wheel-drive pickup, probably from between the years 1996 and 2002, with an extended cab and a long bed. It has orange running lights on the roof.

"We hope someone recognizes the truck or the bike," Budreau said.

Medford police are working with the FBI and police agencies in Redding and Chico, Calif., where a robber wearing a wig and false beard and mustache struck banks this summer, Budreau said.

Redding police reported that on Aug. 18 a man, possibly in his 30s or 40s, walked into a North Valley Bank branch in Redding and presented tellers with a note demanding cash. Witnesses told police that they could see glue holding on his beard and mustache and he also appeared to be wearing a wig under a black baseball cap.

A Redding police news release noted that a suspicious man who matched that description was seen in a bank in Cottonwood, near Redding on the same day. He left without making any robbery attempt there.

A man who appeared to wear a wig and a beard that might have been fake robbed a bank in Chico July 13, then pedaled away on a mountain bike, the Lake County News reported.

Reach reporter Anita Burke at 541-776-4485, or e-mail aburke@mailtribune.com.

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