ABOVE: Timothy McKenna arrest photo (Auburn PD)
AUBURN // Police have announced the arrest of a Madera man for bank robbery after being dispatched to investigate a burglary alarm on Grass Valley Highway.
On March 12th just before 3:30 PM, officers were alerted to the alarm at First US Community Credit Union. While en route, dispatch advised that they’d received another call confirming that a robbery had just taken place and that a description of the suspect had been provided.
Officers arrived on scene at 3:25 PM and spoke with employees, who reported that a man had walked into the credit union carrying a case and demanding money. Worried that the case may contain a firearm, the teller gave him an undisclosed amount of cash. The suspect then reportedly fled the scene on foot.
While canvassing the surrounding area, officers happened upon a bicyclist who matched the suspect description provided by dispatch. The suspect — later identified as Timothy McKenna of Madera — fled from approaching officers, initiating a short pursuit that ultimately ended with his arrest.
He was later positively identified as the person responsible for the robbery, although there is currently no evidence that he’d been armed.