Central Bakersfield

BPD: 2 bank robberies, 1 suspect

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) -- The same man is suspected of robberies at two different credit unions in Bakersfield Tuesday. The first happened just before 3 p.m. at the Safe 1 Credit Union on Oak Street. The second happened around 4:20 p.m. at the Kern Schools Federal Credit Union on Chester Avenue.

The suspect didn't get any cash in the first incident. Police said he walked in and handed the teller a note that indicated he had a bomb and demanded money. He left as the teller activated the silent alarm.

A little more than an hour later police were notified of a robbery alarm going off at the Kern Schools Federal Credit Union at 2424 Chester Ave.

In that incident, the man also passed a note to the teller that demanded money and left after the teller gave it to him.

Police released surveillance photos Tuesday night and said the suspect is believed to be responsible for both robberies. He's described as being 5-foot 7 to 5-foot-8 tall and weighing between 130 and 145 pounds. He wore sunglasses, a black cap and a black pea coat in both robberies.

Anyone with information in either incident or on the identity of the suspect is urged to contact Bakersfield police at (661) 327-7111.