On September 16, 2020, at about 12:07 p.m., officers and detectives with the Eureka Police Department (EPD) responded to the report of an armed robbery at a bank on the 2800 block of F Street.
Two male suspects had entered the bank, brandished a firearm, and fled with an undisclosed amount of cash. The suspects were wearing masks and dark baggy clothing. Multiple observant citizens witnessed the suspects flee in a white Ford pickup with a license plate beginning with 49. EPD put the suspect and vehicle information out on Social Media and at 5:56 p.m., a citizen reported a truck matching the description was parked near Foxwood and Arbutus Streets in the Cutten area.
Officers responded and were able to confirm the truck had been involved in the robbery. The truck was towed and held as evidence. EPD would like to thank the numerous citizens who provided detailed descriptions of the suspects and the vehicle. This information was critical and greatly assisted in the investigation.
Detectives called on Special Agents with the FBI and worked with the Arcata Police Department. The team worked together to develop an investigative plan. During their extensive joint investigation, an EPD Detective and FBI Special Agents identified Nolan Eugene Colegrove (38 of Orleans) as one of the two suspects.
On September 25, 2020, Arcata Police Department contacted Colegrove near the 2500 block of Alliance Ave in Arcata. Colegrove was arrested on a drug warrant and booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility (HCCF). EPD and the FBI served a search warrant on Colegrove’s room on Alliance. Later that day, the EPD Detective and FBI Special Agent contacted Colegrove at HCCF and arrested him for his involvement in the September 16th bank robbery.
EPD Detectives are also investigating Colegrove’s involvement in the September 9, 2020 armed robbery of a check cashing business on 5th Street. The second suspect involved in the bank robbery has been identified. The investigation is ongoing and a second arrest is anticipated later this week.
Anyone with questions related to the FBI’s involvement in this case can contact the FBI at (415) 553-7400.