Gregory Wise Arrested in Connection with 3 Northern California Bank Robberies
Gregory Wise, a 38-year-old man from Redding, has been arrested in connection with a series of bank robberies that occurred in Redding, Chico, and Red Bluff in Northern California. The robberies began on November 17, the same day that Wise was released on parole.
According to Redding police, Wise was identified as the suspect who walked into Umpqua Bank in Redding wearing a costume mask depicting an elderly man with sunglasses and a face mask. He reportedly handed a note to the teller demanding money and fled the scene after receiving it.
Following a joint operation between the police departments of Redding, Chico, and Red Bluff, Wise was arrested at his home in Redding. Police allege that he also robbed Tri-Counties Bank in Chico and US Bank in Red Bluff while wearing similar clothing and a costume mask, and in both instances, presenting a note demanding money and fleeing the scene after getting it.
Despite not displaying a weapon during the robberies, Wise was arrested and evidence linking him to the crimes, including a matching costume mask, clothing, and cash, was found in his possession. He has been convicted of weapons theft and stalking charges in the past and had been released on parole on the same day the bank in Redding was robbed.
Wise has been booked at the Shasta County Jail for robbery, and charges for all three robberies will be sought against him. This arrest is the result of collaboration among detectives from all three departments.