March Trial Date Set For Man Accused Of String Of Bank Robberies

Trial dates have been set for a man accused of robbing banks in three different counties. 38-year-old Gregory Wise was arrested last month at his Redding home. The method was the same in each of the robberies. The suspect wore a full over-the-head mask of a bald old man, as well as a medical mask, sunglasses and gloves, making identification almost impossible. In each case the robber showed a note to a teller demanding money, but a weapon was never seen. He hit the Umpqua Bank on Churn Creek Road November 17th, the Tri-Counties Bank on Mangrove in Chico December 1st and the U.S. Bank on Main Street in Red Bluff December 18th. Detectives from the three cities merged their investigations and centered in on Wise. Detectives say the mask, gloves and some of the money was found in his backyard. Wise has prior convictions involving weapons, theft and stalking, and had been released from parole on the day of the first robbery. He entered a not guilty plea last Thursday. Unless he takes a plea bargain, a jury trial for Wise is set to begin March 12th. He’ll also face trial separately in the other two counties.