GRANTS PASS, Ore. — The man charged with robbing banks in Grants Pass is now in custody. Mark Alan Cardinal, 58, of California is being charged with robbery and theft in the first and second degree. On Monday around 11:30 a.m., Grants Pass Police officers and detectives responded to a reported bank robbery at Chase Bank, inside Fred Meyer along Grants Pass Parkway. According to a 911 caller, a man walked into the bank armed with a firearm in his waistband and walked up to the teller. He presented a note demanding cash and after obtaining the money he was last seen fleeing the bank on foot.
Following the robbery, the suspect’s description was given out and officers were noted to the similarity of the suspect from at least two previous bank robberies in Grants Pass earlier this year. In March, it was the same Chase Bank inside Fred Meyer, and after that the U.S. Bank in Albertson’s on Allen Creek Road in April. Detectives were able to observe surveillance video from the previous robberies and confirmed that the suspect was one and the same, and saw that in the previous Chase Bank robbery he was seen leaving in a mid-sized four door sedan.
A detective from the Grants Pass DPS spotted a white four door sedan being driven southbound on Redwood Highway by a subject that closely resembled the suspect from the Chase Bank robbery earlier Monday. Oregon State Police detectives and a trooper also observed the subject and conducted a high risk traffic stop in the 24,000 block of Redwood Highway at about 12:30 p.m. The driver was detained and positively identified as the robber, Mark Alan Cardinal. He was transported to the police station where he was interviewed by a special agent from the FBI and a Grants Pass DPS detective.
Cardinal was arrested and lodged at the Josephine County Jail. He is believed to be responsible for other bank robberies in Josephine County which are actively being investigated by Oregon State Police and the FBI.