OAKLAND -- A Bank of the West branch in North Oakland was robbed for the fourth time in less than four weeks Saturday morning.

No weapons were displayed during the robbery, and no one was injured.

The robbery was reported about 10:20 a.m. at the bank at 4900 Telegraph Ave., according to Oakland police Lt. Brandon Wehrly. The suspect entered the bank and gave a teller a note demanding money.

He fled the bank with an undisclosed amount of cash and was last seen heading east on 49th Street.

The suspect was described as a black male, approximately 35 years old, 6 feet 1 inch tall and 190 pounds, clean-shaven with a medium complexion, wearing brown clothing and possibly a furry hat over a black curly wig.

The bank was previously robbed Dec. 6, when a suspect escaped after a dye pack exploded as he fled the bank, again Dec. 10 and most recently Dec. 21, when a pair of robbers, one armed with a gun, forced customers and employees to lie on the floor before fleeing with cash from tellers' drawers.

Police said after the Dec. 21 robbery that they did not believe the crimes were related. It is unknown if Saturday's robbery is linked to any of those incidents.



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