Police believe suspect robbed a truck
stop in Wells, stole a car in Idaho
By MARLENE GARCIA"We're
pretty sure he's the same person. In that one he used a gun,"
Assistant Police Chief Ray Dolan said about the Wells robbery.
June 17, 2005
Fallon police believe a man who robbed a Flying J truck
stop in Wells June 10 may be the same person who tried to rob the
Wells Fargo Bank inside Safeway here two weeks ago.
He said based on the physical description from witnesses,
and surveillance photos from the truck stop, detectives are
exploring the possibility that the same man is responsible for the
two crimes. The same person is also a suspect in four other
The suspect is also linked to a stolen vehicle
from an Idaho car dealership.
"We know for a fact he was
involved in the theft of a car in Rexburg, Idaho on Tuesday," Dolan
The suspect told auto
dealership employees he wanted to test drive a vehicle, leaving
behind a photocopy of a stolen California driver's license, police
said. The same identification was used in Fallon at Sierra Jewelry
and Loan where the suspect pawned jewelry June 4, the day before the
attempted hold up at Wells Fargo Bank on West Williams Avenue, Dolan
Detective Jerry Edwards, who is investigating the
Fallon cases, also learned the suspect registered at a local motel
and paid for two nights - May 30 and May 31. No vehicle information
was recorded on the motel registration card and police won't reveal
the specific Fallon motel where the suspect stayed.
description of the car thief matches the description given by
witnesses in the Fallon bank.
guy out here had a shaved head and two eyeballs tattooed on the back
of his coconut," said Capt. Randy Lewis of the Rexburg, Idaho Police
Lewis said the suspect was traveling with a
woman and his police department has composite drawing of both
Lewis said the man came into a used car dealership
and wanted to test drive a 1999 Ford Expedition, leaving a copy of
the phony driver's license.
"He never returned and after
some time we were called," said Lewis. "Then we got calls from
Fallon, Nev., Washington and California that he was involved in some
armed robberies. We don't think he's still here," he
The suspect wanted in Fallon
is also implicated in bank robberies in Vancouver, Wash. on May 26
and in Bishop, Calif. on June 1. He is also linked to two bank
robberies in Oregon.
On June 5, a man handed a local teller
a note written on Econo Lodge stationery that said, "This is a
robbery lay the 100s, 50s and 20s on the counter and HURRY!"
He left the Safeway store without any cash after the teller
didn't respond to his note.
Marlene Garcia can be contacted