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Modesto detectives eye suspect in two bank robberies

Detectives on Wednesday were asking for the public’s help in finding a man believed to have robbed two Modesto banks in June and October.

The robberies occurred at Guaranty Bank branches located inside Cost Less Food Co. stores.

Police described the robber as a Latino, in his early 20s, about 5 feet 5 inches tall and weighing about 155 pounds.

In the October robbery, the suspect was wearing a black baseball cap, sunglasses and a black long-sleeved shirt over a gray T-shirt. Detectives believe the robber was wearing a dark colored wig in the June robbery.

The first robbery occurred about 1:30 p.m. June 3 at the bank at 3801 Yosemite Blvd., just west of Claus Road in east Modesto.

The second robbery occurred shortly before 5 p.m. on Oct. 6 at 901 North Carpenter Road, just north of Kansas Avenue in west Modesto.

In both robberies, the robber approached the bank teller and demanded money after threatening to have a firearm. said Sgt. Brian Findlen, a Modesto police spokesman. The robber never brandished a weapon.

The robber then left with an undisclosed amount of cash. No one was injured during the robberies.

Detectives ask anyone with information about crimes to call Crime Stoppers at 521-4636. Tipsters also can e-mail tips through the Crime Stoppers Web site, www.modestopolice.com/ CrimeStoppers, or text tips to CRIMES (274637) by typing "Tip704" plus a message. Callers to Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous and are eligible for a cash reward.

Bee staff writer Rosalio Ahumada can be reached at 578-2394.

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