WHITE CITY — A man robbed a White City bank and fled with an undisclosed amount of cash Friday, but it took officers only about 20 minutes to find the alleged robber at a nearby hotel.
Bryan Lepneske, a 40-year-old with no known address, was arrested on first-degree theft charges, the Jackson County Sheriff's Department reported.
"The district attorney will review the case to see if there are further charges that need to be added," sheriff's Lt. Christine Bronson said Friday.
Police responded to a hold-up alarm at 12:41 p.m. Friday at Wells Fargo Bank, 7445 Crater Lake Highway, White City. Witnesses said Lepneske entered the bank and used a note to tell a bank teller he was robbing them. He did not show a weapon. He was last seen running toward the nearby Big R store. No one was hurt.
Deputies and detectives, along with the sheriff's police dog Darco, responded to the area. After obtaining a description of the robber, they set up a perimeter and started canvassing local businesses in an attempt to track him down.
"They knew that he was last seen in the Big R area," Bronson said.
At 1 p.m., investigators asked staff at the Brookside Inn & Suites, in the 2000 block of Leigh Way, whether they had seen a man matching the description they'd gotten from witnesses. Hotel employees confirmed a man meeting the description had checked in. Deputies went to the room and found Lepneske inside.
Bronson said an item of "evidentiary value" was found in the room along with cash, but she would not comment on the nature of the evidence. Lepneske does not appear to have any additional criminal history in Jackson County, according to court records.
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