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Police Ask For Public's Help to Identify, Arrest Serial Bank Robber

Caucasian male, about 35 years old, is believed to have hit five area banks in the last month, including one in Saratoga, two in Cupertino and one in San Jose and Santa Clara.

Area law enforcement are on the lookout for a bank robber described as Caucasian, approximately 35 years old, 5-foot-6 to 6-foot, with a muscular build, who's believed to have hit at least five South Bay banks in the last month.

The Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office, the San Jose Police Department, and Santa Clara Police are also asking for the public’s help in identifying the suspect, who's being sought in connection to the following bank robberies:

  • Jan. 18, 5:03 p.m., US Bank, 10381 South De Anza Blvd., Cupertino
  • Jan. 24, 2:20 p.m., Wells Fargo Bank, 6465 Almaden Expressway, San Jose
  • Feb. 1, 2:30 p.m., Bank of the West, 18860 Cox Ave., Saratoga
  • Feb. 6, 2:19 p.m., Wells Fargo Bank, 23000 Homestead Rd., Cupertino
  • Feb. 19, 2:53 p.m., Wells Fargo Bank, 2792 Homestead Rd., Santa Clara

In each robbery, the suspect entered the banks, presented a note to the teller demanding money, and fled with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Wells Fargo Bank is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect.

Anyone with information on these cases is asked to please contact Det.  Sgt. Paula McAllister, Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office, 408- 808-4500; Det. Ryan Chan, San Jose Police Department, 408-277-4166; or Det. Sgt. Hoesing, Santa Clara Police Department, 408-615-4814. 

Bob Goedjen February 21, 2013 at 08:36 PM
Why did they hand him the money? I see no evidence of a gun or knife.
Sheila Sanchez (Editor) February 21, 2013 at 09:03 PM
Good question. From the FBI’s reports on bank robbery, you can learn more about what tellers and bank officials are supposed to do when they're hit. “Note-passings are common, as is the case here. Under survival tips, the FBI suggest the following steps: To make the best of a bad situation, think along the following lines: My money is insured, the only thing at risk is my safety (see below) Let the guy have what he wants, the sooner he gets it the sooner he’ll go away He’s probably done this before or he’ll do it again – the more often he does it the better his chances of getting caught
Irene Aida Garza-Ortiz February 22, 2013 at 04:32 AM
I still find this hard to believe that with all the High Technology we now have. That Banks can still be robbed? I think the Banks need to look into better Security Systems! Where I pay my mortgage (B of A), they have a Bull-it proof windows...

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