Valley First Credit Union on West F Street was hit once again in a 1 p.m. bank robbery on Tuesday, June 2. The hold-up marks the third time in just nine months that the downtown financial establishment has been robbed.
Oakdale Police reported that around 1:10 p.m., a Hispanic male wearing surgical scrubs entered the bank and demanded money from a teller. There were no customers in the bank at the time of the robbery.
After the robbery, a silent alarm was activated and police responded to the scene, setting up a perimeter. While investigating, police were told the robber was last seen fleeing from the bank westbound on West F Street.
Oakdale Police Lieutenant Keri Redd said no weapon was seen by witnesses during the robbery.
“He displayed an envelope to the teller,” Lt. Redd said. “When the teller looked at him he said, ‘Give me your money’.”
Redd said that the envelope was not recovered and police are unsure if anything was written on it.
The suspect is described as Hispanic, in his late 20s or early 30s, around 5 feet, 5 inches tall and weighing 160 pounds. Witnesses said the scrubs were royal blue in color and the man was wearing a black hat and gold aviator style sunglasses.
Lt. Redd stated that investigators located possible evidence at the scene and the incident is still under investigation.
This is the third robbery at Valley First Credit Union on F Street since September. In the previous incidents, arrests were made by outside police agencies in an investigation involving a series of area bank robberies.
Anyone with information about the robbery is asked to call the Oakdale Police Department at 209-847-2231.