Meanwhile, Bank of America and the private security company Wackenhut Services have offered a $5,000 reward for tips that lead to the arrest and conviction of men who tried to rob the bank at 3120 W. Grant Line Road.
Police ask anyone with information to call detectives Ed Campbell or Gary Castillo at 831-4550. Anonymous tippers can Crime Stoppers at 831-6847.
A Wackenhut guard has been credited with foiling robbers Monday before they ever stepped foot in the bank. The guard, who the company has declined to name, fired three shots at two masked men after they jumped out of a van that had backed into a handicapped parking space.
The guard told police he saw one of the robbers reach into a bag he was carrying and thought he might have been reaching for a gun.
It’s unclear if any of the suspects were hit, but the robbery led to a five-hour search, where police recovered a green minivan at Lammers and Grant Line roads. A loaded shotgun was found in the van, and police believe the suspects stashed a second car there, which they used to escape.
Since that attempted robbery, Bank of America has posted an armed guard at its downtown bank on 10th Street.
And a robbery Wednesday at the Bank of Stockton caused that branch to post a guard from the private security firm MTZ, though he carried no gun but did have pepper spray.
A man walked into the Bank of Stockton on Wednesday and handed a teller a note saying he had a gun, though the teller saw no firearm.
The scruffy-faced man in his 40s or 50s ran out of the building with an undisclosed amount of cash and got into a four-door car, where two people were waiting.
Police have made no arrests in either case.