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Suspect sought for Manteca, Ripon, Modesto bank robberies

Authorities in San Joaquin and Stanislaus counties are  looking for a man they believe is responsible for a string of bank robberies that began in Modesto Monday morning shortly after 10:30 a.m. and ended in Manteca less than two hours later. 

According to police, the man – wearing a motorcycle helmet and what appeared to be a fake beard – walked into the Bank of Stockton  on Dale Road in Modesto and passed a note to the teller indicating that he had a gun. The man then left and 40 minutes later walked into the Oak Valley Community Bank branch on Wilma Avenue in Ripon and repeated the process before moving on to the Bank of Stockton in Manteca on North Main Street just before 12:30 p.m. 

Nobody was injured during any of the robberies. No weapon was brandished during his time in each of the three banks. Manteca Police announced that the man was last seen fleeing the Bank of Stockton location on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash. Witnesses reported seeing the man get into a dark colored Dodge Neon type vehicle that officers were unable to locate. 

Based to surveillance footage and still photos of the incident in Manteca distributed by local law enforcement, the man was wearing gloves and sunglasses during the crime. 

Anybody with any information about the identity of the man believed to be responsible is encouraged to contact Manteca Police at 209.456.8101. 

Because bank deposits are insured by the federal government, most bank robberies are investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which maintains a website for known and unknown serial bank robbers across the country. As of Monday evening, the cluster of robberies in San Joaquin and Stanislaus counties were not updated on the FBI’s website. 

To contact reporter Jason Campbell email or call 209.249.3544.