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Robber takes cash from Manteca’s Wells Fargo Bank

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Robber takes cash from Manteca’s Wells Fargo Bank

Business was back to normal around the noon hour Thursday at Wells Fargo Bank in downtown Manteca. Shortly before 10 a.m., a man “calmly” walked out of the door with an undisclosed amount of money ...

ROSE ALBANO RISSO/The Bulletin


POSTED August 31, 2012 12:29 a.m.

Manteca Police are continuing investigating a robbery that took place Thursday morning at the Wells Fargo Bank in downtown Manteca.

The suspect was described as an adult black male wearing a baseball cap with a Doo-Rag, a piece of cloth worn over the head, underneath. Police also said he had had long dreadlocks pulled back into a ponytail.

Although “some mention of a firearm was made” during the commission of the crime, the police report stated that there was no firearm seen or displayed during the robbery. No injuries were reported. The suspect reportedly walked out calmly after receiving the money from a teller.

The man reportedly took off with an undetermined amount of cash with the help of someone who drove the get-away car that was waiting in the alley on the east side of the North Main Street between Center Street and North Street. The car, believed to be a “white Pontiac,” was parked approximately in the middle of the block’s alley behind the FESM Hall. A witness told police he believed the Pontiac was a white 1990s Grand Prix, a Grand Am, “or similar model with some sort of spoiler on the trunk portion of the car,” according to the official report.

The report also stated that the suspect was seen getting into the passenger side of the getaway car. The vehicle was last seen heading north through the alley. No description was provided of the driver as of press time.

Here’s how the robbery happened Thursday morning less than an hour after the bank opened, based on the story that was pieced together by the Manteca Police investigators:

At 9:52 a.m., an adult black male with a bag hanging out of his pocket entered the Wells Fargo Bank at 160 North Main Street, corner of Center Street. He then went up to the teller who had just received a deposit from a commercial customer, moving past the customer and demanding the teller to give him all the money. The teller handed him the money that she had just taken from the customer. The suspect then placed the money in the bag he had brought with him and then calmly walked out the door.

A witness outside the bank told police the suspect took off running northbound across Center Street and headed into the alley on the east side of North Main Street.

According to police, the man entered the bank through the doors on the south side of the building where the parking lot is located, and went out the doors on the north side facing Center Street.

The back was open to business as usual around 11 a.m. after police finished their investigation.

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