A man entered the Western Commerce Bank on Canyon Street about mid morning today and passed a note to a teller demanding money. He then walked calmly out of the bank and disap-peared in the alley between two stores, police at the scene said.
According to Police, an elderly man entered Western Commerce Bank located at 127 S. Canyon St., and handed a note to the teller. The note was a demand for money and an indication the robber he was armed.
The teller gave the man an undisclosed amount of cash. The robber told the teller what was handed to him was enough money and indicated he only needed enough to pay for his wife's surgery.
The robber then fled on foot in a southward direction through the alley between Canyon and Canal.
Police are seeking the identification of the suspect. He is described as a small built, unshaven, white male with dark rimmed glasses. He reportedly smelled of alcohol.
After police officers obtained a photo of the suspect from a security camera at the bank, they began showing the photo to shop-owners and shoppers in the hope someone had seen the bank robber.
Lt. John Moyers, a detective with the Carlsbad Police Department said the man apparently walked nonchalantly out of the bank and disappeared.
The Current-Argus checked with employees and customers at stores next to and across the street from banks, and all said they heard and saw nothing.
At Gossett's Jewelry, Julia Carter, clerk Julia Carter said the first she knew of the robbery was when a police officer entered the store and asked if anyone had seen the suspect bank robber.
"Normally, I am standing by the jewelry case looking right at the bank, but this morning I was with a customer and did not see a thing. The officer advised us to lock our doors. The bank robber apparently walked down the alley next to the store, heading toward Greene Street."
At the Cat's Meow Thrift Store, the shop was full of customers and the store clerks said they too, heard and saw nothing.
An unidentified customer said to fellow shoppers: "It's the holiday season. That's the time a bank would be robbed,"
The bank holdup is the second at Western Commerce in two years. In 2010 a man robbed the bank after hitting the nearby Pioneer Bank. The undisclosed amount of bank notes the robber had taken exploded as he exited the bank. Weeks later, the bank robber was apprehended in another state.
Moyers said early in today's investigation that it was unclear if a dye pack was placed with the bank notes demanded by the robber.