Santa Rosa police suspect a man linked to a bank robbery in Arcata may be the same person who last week walked into a Montgomery Village bank and handed a teller a note demanding cash.
Stephen Long, 63, of Windham, Maine, was arrested Monday on suspicion of robbing an Arcata Bank of America branch earlier that day, police said. A tipster told police where to find Long at an Arcata motel.
Long was booked into the Humboldt County jail, and the FBI, which investigates bank robberies, contacted Santa Rosa detectives and said Long matched the description of the man caught on surveillance during the Nov. 27 heist, Santa Rosa Police Sgt. Dave Linscomb said.
Santa Rosa police now suspect Long was the white man in his 60s who walked into Sonoma Avenue Bank of America branch at about 4:45 p.m. Nov. 27, handed the teller a note demanding cash and left with an undisclosed amount, Linscomb said.
Santa Rosa police expect to seek robbery charges against Long, he said.
Anyone with information about the case can call the Santa Rosa Police Department violent crimes team at 543-3590.
Press Democrat Poll
What type of warning did you receive about last October’s fires? (Multiple responses allowed)
Official alert on my landline: 5 percent
Official alert on my cellphone: 17 percent
Neighbor warned me: 14 percent
Family member or friend warned me: 28 percent
Police or fire came to my home to warn me: 5 percent
None: 43 percent
Don’t know: 1 percent
In the future, how would you like to be notified about a fire or other impending disaster?
Phone call: 31 percent
Text message: 30 percent
Email: 1 percent
Air raid siren: 28 percent
Other (specify): 7 percent
Don’t know: 3 percent
Do you think Sonoma County is more prepared today to warn you about fires or disasters than it was last year?
Yes: 54 percent
No: 31 percent
Don’t know: 15 percent
SOURCE: The Press Democrat Poll/David Binder Research