OAKLAND -- Alert employees likely prevented a fourth bank robbery this summer when they locked the doors of a Bank of the West branch in Montclair on Wednesday morning after spotting a man outside who matched the description of a previous bank robber, police said.
The man came to the doors of the bank at 2023 Mountain Blvd. about 10:30 a.m. but was not able to get into bank and ran away, police said. He has not been identified by police. A bank manager was not immediately available for comment.
The branch has been robbed three times -- July 26, Aug. 1 and Aug. 26 -- and police are still trying determine if the same man was involved. The most recent robbery, Aug. 26, happened at 11:35 a.m. when a masked gunman jumped over the counter and robbed two tellers, police said. The amount of money taken was not disclosed.
More than a half-dozen employees and customers were inside the bank when the robbery happened but no one was hurt.
After the robbery, the suspect ran up Medau Place to a trail that connects Montclair to Shepherd Canyon Road and got away.
Police and Crime Stoppers of Oakland are offering up to $15,000 in reward money for information leading to the arrest of suspects. Anyone with information may call police at 510-238-3326 or a tip line at 510-773-2805.