Did Dublin Bank Robber Hit Near San Leandro?

A man who robbed a bank without a weapon and left with an unknown amount of cash may have hit a bank in our area, Dublin police say.


The man who robbed the inside the on Dublin Boulevard on Tuesday afternoon is also believed to have robbed banks in Pleasanton and Lafayette, according to  Lieutenant Herb Walters.

Walters said the same suspect is thought to have struck San Leandro.

But San Leandro Police Department spokesman Lieutenant Jeff Tudor said no one matching Dublin's description has robbed a bank inside the city limits.

Dublin police say the suspect is a white man in his mid-thirties, six feet tall, weighing approximately 200 pounds. He was wearing a black baseball hat, a black long sleeved shirt and blue jeans. 

The Dublin suspect displayed no weapon and left with an unknown amount of cash, police said. His getaway vehicle may have been a white, 4-door, mid-90s, American-made car, but it is not known which way it went. 

According to Walters, this is believed to be the eighth robbery committed by this same suspect in the last three weeks.

San Leandro police have reported two incidents involving bank robberies in recent weeks, but both of those cases resulted in arrests.

At the beginning of June San Leandro police  with the arrest of a man suspected of robbing 11 banks throughout the Bay Area.

A few days later, an unarmed man dressed in a wig was caught on a surveillance camera for . But he was arrested after he got spooked and walked away without getting anything.


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Carol Parker June 13, 2012 at 10:47 PM
A U.S. Bank inside Safeway in Alameda was robbed recently too. Description of that robber was a white male in his early 30s, about 6 feet tall, weighing 190 to 215 pound, with no facial hair, wearing sunglasses, a black sweatshirt and a black beanie. He did not display a weapon. The description and modus operandi were similar to those in a robbery the afternoon of May 26 robbery at the 1st Community Bank branch inside the Nob Hill market at 2531 Blanding Ave., Horlbeck said. In that occurrence, the robber wore a red long-sleeved shirt and a white fedora-type hat. Same guy perhaps? http://alameda.patch.com/articles/police-log-south-shore-bank-branch-robbery What's up with all these robberies of banks inside grocery stores. Do we need to be worried about shopping in stores that have banks now?
Carol Parker June 14, 2012 at 03:20 AM
Here's the guy Alameda police are now asking people to be on the lookout for - see pics. http://alameda.patch.com/articles/police-ask-public-to-help-id-bank-robber
Marga Lacabe June 14, 2012 at 07:59 AM
Carol, you worry already about so many things, what's one more?
Leah Hall June 14, 2012 at 02:34 PM
Carol and Marga, I have pulled a few paragraphs out from the New Yorker article, "The Caging of America: Why do we lock up so many people?".... William J. Stuntz, a professor at Harvard Law School who died shortly before his masterwork, “The Collapse of American Criminal Justice,” was published, last fall, is the most forceful advocate for the view that the scandal of our prisons derives from the Enlightenment-era, “procedural” nature of American justice... ...The trouble with the Bill of Rights, he argues, is that it emphasizes process and procedure rather than principles. The Declaration of the Rights of Man says, Be just! The Bill of Rights says, Be fair! Instead of announcing general principles—no one should be accused of something that wasn’t a crime when he did it; cruel punishments are always wrong; the goal of justice is, above all, that justice be done—it talks procedurally. You can’t search someone without a reason; you can’t accuse him without allowing him to see the evidence; and so on. This emphasis, Stuntz thinks, has led to the current mess, where accused criminals get laboriously articulated protection against procedural errors and no protection at all against outrageous and obvious violations of simple justice. You can get off if the cops looked in the wrong car with the wrong warrant when they found your joint, but you have no recourse if owning the joint gets you locked up for life. (continued)
Leah Hall June 14, 2012 at 02:40 PM
(later in the same article) .....And then, a decade later, crime started falling: across the country by a standard measure of about forty per cent; in New York City by as much as eighty per cent. By 2010, the crime rate in New York had seen its greatest decline since the Second World War; in 2002, there were fewer murders in Manhattan than there had been in any year since 1900. In social science, a cause sought is usually a muddle found; in life as we experience it, a crisis resolved is causality established. If a pill cures a headache, we do not ask too often if the headache might have gone away by itself. (continued)
Leah Hall June 14, 2012 at 03:05 PM
(Answering the question: what caused the dramatic drop of crime in New York?) ...Instead, small acts of social engineering, designed simply to stop crimes from happening, helped stop crime. In the nineties, the N.Y.P.D. began to control crime not by fighting minor crimes in safe places but by putting lots of cops in places where lots of crimes happened—“hot-spot policing.” The cops also began an aggressive, controversial program of “stop and frisk”—“designed to catch the sharks, not the dolphins,” as Jack Maple, one of its originators, described it—that involved what’s called pejoratively “profiling.” This was not so much racial, since in any given neighborhood all the suspects were likely to be of the same race or color, as social, involving the thousand small clues that policemen recognized already. Minority communities, Zimring emphasizes, paid a disproportionate price in kids stopped and frisked, and detained, but they also earned a disproportionate gain in crime reduced. “The poor pay more and get more” is Zimring’s way of putting it. He believes that a “light” program of stop-and-frisk could be less alienating and just as effective, and that by bringing down urban crime stop-and-frisk had the net effect of greatly reducing the number of poor minority kids in prison for long stretches. http://www.newyorker.com/arts/critics/atlarge/2012/01/30/120130crat_atlarge_gopnik?currentPage=1
Tom Abate (Editor) June 14, 2012 at 05:18 PM
Chief Spagnoli has spoken to the council about predictive policing or something to that effect: using past crime patterns to suggest where to put the patrols. That is supposed to be coming down the pike. Not sure how close it
Bill Gannon June 15, 2012 at 04:16 PM
"The Caging of America: Why do we lock up so many people?".... Because they do not let us get rid of them. We have a death penalty that does not work. People on death row for committing absolutely heinous crimes are more likely to die from suicide or old age. There is no reason for people to be afraid of going to jail or prison, it is actually safer for the criminals inside than on the outside. Having been arrested or having a criminal record no longer carries any social stigma. For a lot of people, it is considered cool.
Marga Lacabe June 15, 2012 at 04:40 PM
At the last Coffee with the Cops they said they'd be hiring a new crime analyst soon.
Marga Lacabe June 15, 2012 at 04:41 PM
Bill, did you join the Patch just to re-inforce every negative stereotype on cops that I or anyone else might have?
Mike Katz-Lacabe June 15, 2012 at 04:47 PM
The job description for the Crime Analysis Technician is at http://www.sanleandro.org/civica/filebank/blobdload.asp?BlobID=11327
David June 15, 2012 at 04:55 PM
I'd have to disagree with your penultimate sentence.
Bill Gannon June 16, 2012 at 03:48 PM
No Marge. Do you post to reinforce my opinion that most people are morons? By the way dearie, even though you believe I am a right-wing nazi, you'd be amazed how liberal I actually am in some matters.
Bill Gannon June 16, 2012 at 04:02 PM
@David - This was one of the studies I have seen on the topic. There was another out of Washington State but I did not find a link. http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/07/14/us-prison-blacks-idUSTRE76D71920110714
Bill Gannon June 16, 2012 at 04:04 PM
Here is another story about the dangers to those recently released from prison. http://news.healingwell.com/index.php?p=news1&id=600849
Marga Lacabe June 17, 2012 at 12:10 AM
"Bill", do tell in which ways do you think you see yourself as a liberal. My hunch is that you don't even comprehend the meaning of the word.
Marga Lacabe June 17, 2012 at 12:17 AM
And "Bill", those were two very interesting studies though I'm not sure how they relate at all to your statements. I do encourage people to read them. The first one is about how the lack of access to medical care for black men puts them at higher risk for death outside prison than in prison, where that medical care is available. The second is about how risk of death are higher for recently released prisoners, mostly due to drug overdoses, suicide, homicide and cardiovascular disease. None of these things are surprising: readjusting to life on the outside is very tough. I imagine cardiovascular disease is related to the very poor prison diet, though I'm not necessarily sure how it works. Again, both very interesting but I'm not sure how they are relevant to your point.
Bill Gannon June 17, 2012 at 01:27 AM
If you cannot figure out how they are related then it will always be beyond you. I voted for our current president, primarily because there was no way we could chance that clown Palin having ANY chance to become our president. I am an advocate of women's rights, that includes their right to choose, just because I made that snarky remark about whatever his name hyphenating the last name does not make my a misogynist. Believe it or not I despise racists, I know you believe me to be one. I guess you'll claim I am being judgmental against them. I have friends of many races and that includes hetero as well as homosexuals. Just because you interpret my comments to fit your stereotypes does not make me your archetypical law enforcement officer. But then we know you're a loony and you will believe what you will.
David June 17, 2012 at 01:29 AM
Bill, your articles don't relate to your penultimate sentence which is the social stigma one.
Marga Lacabe June 17, 2012 at 01:46 AM
"Bill", are you sure you are not trying to be a poor man's version of Stephen Colbert? Because really, what you say sounds like scripted by Onion writers. I wonder if you even get your own jokes.
Bill Gannon June 17, 2012 at 01:49 AM
You are correct, my mistake. How about.... http://gateamerica.blogspot.com/2010/11/rites-of-passage-into-manhood-or-jail.html http://www.policechiefmagazine.org/magazine/index.cfm?fuseaction=display_arch&article_id=1674&issue_id=112008 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/paul-heroux/ways-to-reduce-prison-ove_b_925603.html Coupled with the serious lack of role models in popular culture - all the professional athletes going to jail or prison, hollywood stars, etc. Just look at the number of politicians who have criminal records. Our local Mary Hayashi for example - she's married to a superior court judge, is a congresswoman and then commits felony theft! Oh, no first her excuse was she was on her phone. Strike one Mary, video shows you were not on your phone. Then it was a benign brain tumor. Strike two Mary. And she still occupies her office, as do many other political office holders. It really does not seem to carry the impact that it once did, even when recruiting law enforcement officers. They used to ask have you ever used drugs and if the answer was yes it was automatic disqualification. Now it has become have you ever used drugs or when was the last time you used drugs. I am sure you have heard news stories about military recruiters instructing youth how to slip through the drug screening to join up. If you still disagree, well...
Marga Lacabe June 17, 2012 at 01:57 AM
Ah, so when David, a man, points out that those articles are irrelevant to your point, he is "correct", when I, a woman, do, you respond by saying "If you cannot figure out how they are related then it will always be beyond you". But you are not sexist. Aha. I think that that's pretty much the last thing I'll have to say to you under your "Bill Gannon" moniker. Feel free to create a new one and try again.
Bill Gannon June 17, 2012 at 02:19 AM
David June 17, 2012 at 03:04 AM
Well, bill I suppose it depends on your efforts to reform if you are a criminal/ ex-con. I happen to know several people denied good jobs due to their records. There's still a significant stigma in the "culture" that generates legitimate income and employment. If you're a criminal and have no plans to straighten out your life, then I suppose there's your criminal culture that would celebrate your "time". I don't think that's our dominant culture.


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