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August 30, 2013
Sketch released of suspect in medical office robbery

Med office suspect sketch.jpgThe Sacramento Police Department has released a composite sketch of one of two suspects in an Aug. 21 armed robbery at a medical office.

The robbery occurred at 4:27 p.m. when two men entered a medical office in the 2300 block of American River Drive. The suspect depicted in the sketch was armed with a handgun, according to a Police Department news release.

The second suspect was confronted by an employee and the two fought. The employee suffered injuries that required medical treatment, police said.

July 5, 2013
Convicted bank robber sentenced under 'three strikes' law

A 62-year-old man convicted of bank robbery was sentenced today in Sacramento to 30 years plus 75 years to life in prison under California's "three strikes" law.

A Sacramento County jury convicted Ralph Edward Stewart of three bank robberies at U.S. Bank locations in Citrus Heights and Rancho Cordova during June and July of 2011. The jury also found true that Stewart had a previous robbery conviction and four previous bank robbery convictions, all occurring in the Bay Area between 1993 and 2003, according to a District Attorney's Office news release.

In each instance, officials said, Stewart entered the bank, waited in line, demanded money from the tellers and left on foot. He was recognized and apprehended by law enforcement officers, who contacted him regarding an unrelated matter weeks later.

July 3, 2013
Man who robbed Roseville bank headed to prison

An Arizona man who admitted to robbing a Roseville bank in April 2012 has been sentenced to 51 months in prison for a string of bank robberies in Contra Costa and Alameda counties.

Raymond David Lopez, 30, of Tucson, pleaded guilty in April to six counts of bank robbery, according to a federal Department of Justice news release. He was sentenced today in federal court in Oakland by U.S. District Judge Phyllis J. Hamilton, who also ordered him to pay a total of $28,037 in restitution to the victim banks. He will be subject to three years of supervised release following his time in prison.

According to the plea agreement, Lopez admitted robbing six banks -- in Pleasanton, Pleasant Hill, Lafayette, Dublin and two in Alameda -- in May and June of 2012.

He also admitted to robbing three other banks -- including a River City Bank branch in Roseville on April 26, 2012 -- in a similar manner.

April 12, 2013
Police seek identity of North Natomas bank robbery suspect

sacpdrobberysuspect.jpgThe Sacramento Police Department is asking the public's help in identifying a suspect in a bank robbery that occurred last week.

About 1 p.m. April 5, police and FBI agents responded to the 3200 block of Arena Boulevard regarding a robbery at Tri Counties Bank, inside the Bel Air Market, in the North Natomas area. The suspect approached the teller and handed her a note demanding money, according to a Police Department news release. The man received the money and left the store.

Police said the same suspect (pictured) was captured on video surveillance in the area of the Golden One Credit Union just before the robbery. He reportedly left after waiting in line for a short time.

March 25, 2013
Help sought identifying suspect in bank robbery attempt

Sacramento County sheriff's detectives seek help identifying a man wanted in connection with an attempted bank robbery earlier this month.

On March 1, the suspect entered the Chase Bank in the 3600 block of Fair Oaks Boulevard and gave the teller a note demanding cash, but he fled on a bicycle before obtaining any money, according to a Sheriff's Department news release.

On March 13, the same man entered the Bank of the West in the 2500 block of Fair Oaks Boulevard. Sheriff's officials said he loitered inside the bank for a few moments before being directed outside by employees.

September 12, 2012
'Bad Hair Bandit' gets 10 years in prison

badhair.JPGCynthia Lynn Van Holland was sentenced to 10 years in prison today for 21 bank robberies, a Department of Justice press release said. Van Holland must also pay more than $33,000 in restitution, according to United States District Judge Kimberly J. Miller's sentence.

Van Holland, 48, is described as a "transient" from the states of Idaho and Washington. Van Holland robbed banks across California, Washington, Oregon and Montana. The last bank she robbed was a Bank of the West branch in Auburn on Aug. 15, after which a witness saw her flee and reported her license plate number.

During the bank robberies Van Holland wore a variety of "unusual wigs and disguises" the release said, resulting in her 'Bad Hair Bandit' title.

PHOTO CAPTION: Cynthia Van Holland

June 15, 2012
Community tip leads Folsom police to suspected bank robber

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Tips from citizens led to the arrest of a man exactly two months after he is suspected of robbing a Folsom bank.

Kenneth Allen Hogue, 43, of Cameron Park, arrested Wednesday by Folsom police, is suspected of robbing the El Dorado Savings bank, 300 East Bidwell St., on April 13.

The robber fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash. Hogue was also booked on outstanding warrants that included possession of concentrated cannabis and possession of narcotics and non-narcotics.

PHOTO CAPTION: Kenneth Allen Hogue

May 4, 2012
Moped rider crashes after alleged bank robbery attempt

A 32-year-old man remained hospitalized late this afternoon after allegedly attempting to rob a Fair Oaks bank, then crashing as he fled on a moped.

Sacramento County sheriff's spokesman Deputy Jason Ramos said the department received a call at 9:10 a.m. regarding an attempted robbery at a Chase bank branch at 4802 San Juan Ave. A few minutes later, the Citrus Heights Police Department reported that a man on a moped had crashed at Madison Avenue and Lincoln Oaks Drive, and it appeared he might be the suspect in the bank robbery attempt.

Ramos said no weapon was seen and the man left the bank before receiving any money. He said it appeared the man, who suffered cuts in the crash, may have been under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Ramos said the man, whose name has not been released, will be booked after he is medically cleared.

May 2, 2012
Police seek identity of suspect in Roseville bank robberies

image001 (4).png Roseville bank 1.pngimage002.png Roseville bank 2.pngRoseville police seek to identify a man believed to have been involved in two bank robberies during the past week.

River City Bank at 3992 Douglas Blvd. was robbed at 1:05 p.m. today, and police say the man shown in a surveillance photo resembles the man who robbed a bank April 26 at Sunrise Avenue and Cirby Way.

In today's robbery, the man showed the teller a note demanding money, took an undisclosed amount of money and left on foot. No weapon was seen and no one was reported injured.

April 27, 2012
Help identify Roseville River City Bank robber

Roseville police need the public's help in identifying a bank robber.

The robber held up the River City Bank inside the Bel Air supermarket at Sunrise Avenue and Cirby Way at aboupt 5 p.m. Thursday. He handed the clerk a note demanding money and then left the store with cash.

He was last seen on foot heading toward Cirby Way. No getaway vehicle was observed.

The robber was described as a white man in his 30s with a short, scruffy beard and mustache. He wore a yellow baseball cap with a neon green pattern, white-framed sunglasses and a long-sleeved gray t-shirt or sweater and blue jeans.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Roseville Crime Stoppers at (916) 783-7867.

March 23, 2012
El Dorado Hills bank robber sought


El Dorado County Sheriff's officials are searching for a man who held up a Morgan Chase Bank branch in El Dorado Hills Thursday.

According to officials the man, described as in his 20s or early 30s, entered the bank on Town Center Drive around 1 p.m. and approached a teller.

He told the teller he had a firearm, but it was not seen, and he left with an undisclosed amount of cash.

The man was about five-feet-six-inches tall and wearing a black beanie with white vertical stripes, a white long-sleeved thermal shirt and black undershirt, light denim jeans and a teal fanny pack.

Photo caption: Bank surveillance image courtesy of El Dorado County Sheriff's Office

March 15, 2012
Auburn man pleads guilty to Roseville, Davis bank robberies

Paul Michael Schmeer of Auburn today pleaded guilty in federal court in Sacramento to serial bank robbery.

According to court documents, Schmeer, 30, on Dec. 5, 2011 robbed the Chase Bank branch on Douglas Boulevard in Roseville. He presented a note to a teller, demanding money and stating that he had a gun.

The teller complied with the demand, and Schmeer left the bank with $4,000, according to a federal Department of Justice news release.

March 14, 2012
Suspect in Sacramento bank robbery attempt may be linked to Vacaville, Chino cases

bankrobbergun.jpgbankrobberback.jpgSacramento police are investigating an attempted bank robbery that authorities believe may be related to similar cases in Vacaville and Chino.

At 9:45 a.m. Friday, Sacramento police officers were called to the Tri Counties Bank in the 1700 block of Challenge Way regarding a man armed with a rifle. He was described as wearing a black ski mask and a bulletproof vest under a green-colored raid vest with a gold badge, according to a Police Department news release.

Although the bank was open for business, police said the man attempted to enter through a locked rear door. When bank employees refused to open the door, he left in a dark-colored sedan.

March 7, 2012
Update: Suspected bank robber fatally shot in Citrus Heights

A suspected bank robber who claimed to have an explosive device was fatally shot by police late Wednesday afternoon, Citrus Heights Police officials report.

Jon Kempf, Citrus Heights Police officer, provided these details:

About 4:15 p.m., police received a call of a burglary in progress at Union Bank, 5748 Sunrise Blvd. A man claimed to have a gun and an explosive device.

Officers surrounded the bank before the man came out of the building. Feeling threatened, police fired at the man, who was pronounced dead at the scene.

Because of the report of an explosive device, police cleared the area and called in the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department bomb squad. After 7 p.m., it was determined there wasn't an explosive device at the bank. Police then began processing the scene and interviewing bank employees and customers.

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February 22, 2012
Robbers pose as utility workers, tie up family during home invasion in South Sacramento

Sacramento County Sheriff's deputies were called this morning to a home in southern Sacramento County where a family was tied up by robbers.

Shortly before 9 a.m., the deputies responded to the robbery call at a residence in the 8800 block of Skipjack Way near Gerber Road and Elk Grove-Florin Road.

Deputies said the suspects, clad in brightly colored vests, used the ruse that they were utility workers to get into the home. Once inside, they handcuffed and tied up the family before searching for cash.

The suspects left without injuring anyone. A media alert from the sheriff's department said it was not immediately known if the robbers were successful in getting away with any loot.

February 16, 2012
Robbery suspect said to hit same Sacramento bank twice

Sacramento police have arrested a man suspected of twice holding up the same downtown bank.

Sacramento police said that on Wednesday at about 4 p.m. Michael Johnson, 52, entered the River City Bank at 900 K Street and demanded cash.

After money was handed over, Johnson left the bank, according to police, and got into a taxi. Eventually, police learned, the robber was dropped off at Arden Fair Mall.

Police arrested Johnson while he was walking along the rear parking lot of the mall. He is suspected of robbing the same bank on Jan. 25.

Police said that in addition to the two Sacramento robberies, he is a suspect in three other bank robberies, two in San Francisco and one in South Lake Tahoe.

February 7, 2012
Suspect arrested in robbery of Wells Fargo Bank in Roseville

Roseville police announced the arrest this evening of a 20-year-old man in connection with the robbery of a Wells Fargo Bank this morning.

Roseville detectives took Ogan Gencer into custody in Folsom about 6 p.m. He will be booked into Placer County Jail on suspicion of robbery, according to a Police Department news release,

About 10:10 a.m., a man entered the Wells Fargo Bank at 8850 Sierra College Blvd. and gave a clerk a note demanding money, police said. He was given an undisclosed amount of money and was seen leaving the area on foot.

January 30, 2012
Police seek suspect in South Lake Tahoe Wells Fargo robbery

SLT suspect.pngSouth Lake Tahoe police are looking for a man who robbed the Wells Fargo Bank inside a Raley's store this morning.

About 11:25 a.m., a man walked up to the bank teller inside the Raley's at 4010 Lake Tahoe Blvd. and demanded cash, according to a Police Department news release. He didn't claim to have a weapon and none was seen during the robbery, police said.

The man took an undisclosed amount of cash, then walked away from the bank and out of Raley's. He was last seen walking east from the shopping center toward the area of Heavenly Village Way and Bellamy Court.

January 27, 2012
SF Giants cap-wearing bank robber wanted by FBI

Detectives are asking for the public's help in finding a man who held up a bank on Thursday while wearing a San Francisco Giants baseball cap.

The man entered the Wells Fargo Bank near the intersection of Fair Oaks Boulevard and Munroe Street about 10:45 a.m. and gave the teller a note demanding cash. The teller didn't see a weapon but the robber indicated he was armed, according to the FBI.

The robber is described as a black man in his early 30s, about 180 pounds and 6 feet tall. The Giants cap was red and "San Francisco" was embroidered on the brim.

The case is being investigated by the Sacramento Violent Crimes Task Force, comprised of FBI agents and Sacramento County Sheriff's detectives.

Anyone with information is asked to call the FBI at (916) 481-9110 or deputies at (916) 874-5115. Tipsters may remain anonymous and could be eligible for a reward by calling Crime Alert at (916) 443-4357.

January 10, 2012
'Skateboard bandit' sentenced for series of bank robberies

A Sacramento man dubbed by law enforcement officers as the "skateboard bandit", was sentenced Monday for a series of bank robberies.

U.S. District Judge William B. Shubb sentenced Jared Sung Yoon Herdt, 30, to eight years in prison, as well as three years of supervised release following his time in prison.

According to court documents, Herdt pleaded guilty to five bank robberies, including one at the Bank of America, 2010 Goldfield Drive, in Rancho Cordova on April 25, 2009. The other four were committed between Jan. 5 and Feb. 24 2009 in Modesto, San Jose and Santa Clara, and in Springfield, Ore.

January 5, 2012
Man pleads guilty to two Sacramento-area bank robberies

A former resident of Arroyo Grande in San Luis Obispo County pleaded guilty today in federal court to a series of bank robberies, including two in the Sacramento area.

According to court documents, Robert Todd Bruce, 51, pleaded guilty to three bank robbery charges. They include the Dec. 30, 2008, robbery of Washington Mutual Bank, 4741 Madison Ave., in the Foothill Farms area, and the Jan. 5, 2009, robbery of the Wells Fargo Bank at 949 Lincoln Way in Auburn. The third charge was for the Nov. 22, 2008, robbery of a Washington Mutual Bank in Santa Barbara.

In addition, Bruce admitted committing four other bank robberies, which are the subject of charges in state court, according to a federal Department of Justice news release.

January 5, 2012
Humboldt man arrested following Davis bank robbery

A Humboldt County man was arrested this morning, shortly after he allegedly robbed a Chase Bank branch in Davis.

Police were dispatched to the bank at 330 E St. about 9:24 a.m. regarding a robbery. Officers were told that a man entered the bank and passed a note to one of the tellers stating that he wanted money and that he had a gun. Bank employees did not see a gun, but the teller complied with the demand and the man walked out of the back with an undisclosed amount of currency, according to a Davis Police Department news release.

A bank employee followed the man to his vehicle, which was parked nearby. The employee then called police and provided a description of the man and the vehicle.

January 4, 2012
Davis police seek identity of bank robbery suspect

robberysuspect.bmpDavis police say they believe the Dec. 20 robbery of a U.S. Bank in Davis is part of a series bank robberies in the San Francisco Bay Area and Sacramento Valley.

Based on similar suspect descriptions, officers believe the same suspect is responsible for robberies at eight U.S. Bank branches between Sept. 1 and Dec. 22.

The robberies occurred Sept. 1 in South San Francisco, Oct. 12 in Fremont, Oct. 19 in Cupertino, Oct. 24 in Los Altos and Sunnyvale, Dec. 20 in Elk Grove and Davis, and Dec. 22 in Redwood City.

December 23, 2011
Three men sought in armed robbery of Carmichael bank

Carmbank1.JPGCarmbank2.JPGcarmbank3.JPGThree men are being sought following an armed robbery of a Carmichael bank this morning.

About 9:30 a.m., sheriff's deputies responded to a robbery in progress at the Wells Fargo Bank in the 7200 block of Fair Oaks Boulevard. Three suspects armed with handguns entered the bank and jumped the teller line, removing money from some of the drawers before leaving on foot, according to a Sheriff's Department news release.

The suspects (pictured) are described as black males wearing bandanas over their faces.

December 20, 2011
Elk Grove police seek help identifying bank robbery suspect

11-11560.jpgElk Grove police seek the public's help in identifying a suspect in the robbery of the U.S. Bank at 9230 Elk Grove Florin Road that occurred shortly before noon today.

The suspect (pictured) approached a teller and presented a note demanding money and indicating that he was armed. Fearing for her safety, the teller complied and gave the man an undisclosed amount of money, according to a Police Department news release. The man took the money and left the bank on foot. According to a witness, he was last seen walking in the parking lot toward the rear of the building.

A few seconds later, the witness saw a blue Nissan or Toyota sedan speed out of the parking lot away from the bank. Officials said they don't know whether the vehicle was connected with the robbery.

December 19, 2011
Sacramento man is suspect in home invasion and bank robberies

A Sacramento man is a suspect in a string of crimes, including a home invasion robbery in which children were tied up.

Delaudea Else, 19, was booked into Placer County Jail on suspicion of robbing a Glenbrook Avenue home in Roseville on Oct. 26. In that incident, the resident answered a knock at his door and was confronted by two men with guns.

The gunmen entered the home and tied up two adults and their small children with zip-tie restraints. The suspects then left with several items, including a small gun safe containing a handgun, cell phone and cash.

December 14, 2011
FBI needs help in solving year-old Pocket-Greenhaven bank robbery

The FBI is asking for help on a bank robbery investigation gone cold.

The US Bank, 950 Florin Road, was held up Dec. 23, 2010. The bank robber entered the Pocket-Greenhaven bank and handed a note to a teller. The note was written on the back of a cable television envelope in orange highlighter.

It read: "Put money In BAG I got A BOMB And I will use it."

The robber took cash and then he fled. He was described as a 35-45 year-old black man, about 5 feet 10 inches tall, 260 pounds.

He was wearing a large straw hat, blue jeans, dark tennis shoes with white bottoms and a dark-colored down jacket with a tan diamond-shaped emblem sewn near the back of the collar.

The FBI on Wednesday released a copy of the demand note and re-released a picture of the man. Anyone with information, may contact the FBI at (916) 481-9110 or Crime Alert at (916) 443-4357.


PHOTO CAPTION: Top, the banker's note. Left, the suspect.

December 6, 2011
Roseville police seek help in identifying bank robber

Roseville police need the public's help in identifying a bank robber.
The man is suspected of holding up the Chase Bank, 1800 Douglas Blvd., at about 3:45 p.m. Monday. The robber entered the bank, gave the teller a note demanding money and left the bank with cash.
He was described by police as a white man in his 20s, 6 feet 2 inches tall with blond hair. He was wearing a black and red baseball hat, gray sweatshirt and black shoes.
Anyone with information is asked to call Roseville Crime Stoppers at (916) 783-7867.

PHOTO CREDIT: A suspect in the robbery of Chase Bank on Douglas Boulevard

November 14, 2011
Police seek suspect in Roseville bank robbery

blobfetch.pngblobfetch.pngPolice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation are searching for a man who robbed a bank just before noon today on Foothills Boulevard in Roseville.

Officers were called to River City Bank, 4001 Foothills Blvd., at 11:52 a.m. regarding a robbery in which a man approached a bank employee and gave her a note demanding money, according to a Roseville Police Department news release. The robber implied that he had a gun, but police said no weapons were seen.

The bank employee gave the robber an undisclosed amount of cash, then left. No injuries were reported.

November 14, 2011
Grab-and-go robber holds up Fair Oaks Boulevard bank

Bank of the West.JPGA robber in his 50s grabbed cash from a teller this morning and fled a Fair Oaks Boulevard bank.

The robber entered the Bank of the West, 2569 Fair Oaks Blvd., near Fulton Avenue, about 9:15 a.m. Monday and walked up to a teller window. He then grabbed a wad of cash that a teller was counting and took off.

"This is a robbery," he said. "If you move or do anything I will shoot you."

October 31, 2011
Man in a wig robs Carmichael Wells Fargo

By Whitney Mountain

A man in disguise robbed a Carmichael bank this morning.

The Wells Fargo on the 7200 block of Fair Oaks Boulevard reported at around 9:30 a.m. that a man wearing a wig and glasses (pictured) passed a teller a note demanding cash, said Sacramento Sheriff's Media Spokeswoman Sharon Chow.

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The case has been turned over to the Sacramento Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, as is routine for bank robberies. FBI Spokeswoman Gina Swankie said that the suspect did not appear to be carrying a weapon.

The suspect is described as a black male between 5'11" and six feet tall with a goatee. He was seen wearing a long black wig, sunglasses with a blue reflective tint, a dark-colored hooded sweatshirt, and light blue jeans.

Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to call the Sacramento FBI field office at (916) 481-9110, the Sacramento Sheriff's Department at (916) 874-5115 or Crime Alert at (916) 443-HELP. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.00.

October 5, 2011
Update: Security guard fires at fleeing bank robbers in Elk Grove

Elk Grove.jpgThe Elk Grove Police Department seeks the public's help identifying two suspects involved in an armed bank robbery Wednesday morning.

A security guard fired at robbers as they fled the Chase Bank in the 8700 block of Elk Grove Boulevard. It is not known whether he hit either of the men or their car as they sped away about 9:30 a.m. According to witnesses, both men were armed with handguns, police said.

Upon entering the bank, one robber ordered customers to get on the floor, while the other vaulted the teller counter. A security guard inside the bank confronted the robber who had ordered patrons to the floor and a physical struggle occurred, said Officer Christopher Trim, police spokesman.

The suspect was able to disarm the security guard. But as the suspects left the bank, the one who had disarmed the security guard ejected the magazine from the guard's firearm and threw both parts of the gun across the room, according to a Police Department news release. The suspects then left the bank and ran into the parking lot.

The security guard was able to recover and load his weapon, and fire four rounds at the suspect's vehicle as it was driven away. The vehicle was described as a white Honda or Toyota sedan. It was driven behind a nearby restaurant and last seen traveling west on Elk Grove Boulevard.

One suspect was described as black, 30 to 40 years old, 5 feet 8 inches tall with a large build. He was wearing a black baseball hat, dark sunglasses, black jacket with a white shirt underneath, blue jeans, white athletic shoes and gloves. The other man was described as black, 20 to 30 years old, 6 feet tall, with a thin build. He was wearing a black knit cap, dark sunglasses, a black hooded sweatshirt, dark pants with black athletic shoes and blue gloves.

After canvassing the area, investigators recovered several pieces of clothing believed to have been worn by the suspects behind a nearby business. Officers also recovered a handgun that had been discarded along Highway 99 just north of the Elk Grove Boulevard onramp. Police said a records check revealed the automatic firearm had been reported stolen.

Anyone with information regarding the robbery is asked to call the Elk Grove Police Department Detective Bureau at (916) 478-8060 or Crime Alert at (916) 443-4357. Callers to Crime Alert can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. Tips can also be sent via SMS text message by entering 274637 on a cell phone, followed by Tip732 and the message.

Bee staff writer Cathy Locke contributed to this report.

September 20, 2011
Bank Robbery Suspect Arrested in Lodi

The U.S. Marshals Service arrested a man in Lodi at around noon Tuesday who is suspected of robbing 11 banks in the Stockton and San Joaquin County Area since June.

Robert Davis, 54, was hiding in a house on the 2300 block of West Highway 12 when the Pacific Southwest Regional Fugitive Task Force along with the Stockton Police Department, the San Joaquin Sheriff's Office, and the U.S. Marshals Service tracked him down.

When police arrived at the location where they suspected Davis to be hiding, they surrounded the house and called Davis out of the residence. He surrendered and was taken into custody without incident. Davis is being held at the San Joaquin County Jail.

According to the U.S. Marshals Service, Davis allegedly entered the banks and slipped the tellers a note demanding cash. He is suspected of having stolen more than $15,000 while using different aliases to evade the police.

A woman who was in the house at the time of Davis' arrest was also taken into custody for outstanding warrants.

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