Pleasanton Weekly

News - December 17, 2010

'Takeover' robbery Tuesday in Pleasanton

Three men involved, at least one with handgun

by Glenn Wohltmann

Armed men held up a Pleasanton bank Tuesday, with one jumping over the counter and emptying teller drawers.

Pleasanton police and the FBI are investigating what Lt. Mark Senkle called a "takeover robbery" at Union Bank at the Crossroads Shopping Center in the 4700 block of Hopyard Road just after noon. Usually bank robbers approach a teller quietly rather than commanding everyone's attention, he said.

Three men were involved in today's robbery; while one waited in a car outside, two -- at least one of them armed with a semiautomatic handgun -- entered the bank, Senkle reported. One of the men vaulted the counter and emptied teller drawers and the pair was out in minutes.

The car involved, a Subaru Legacy, "was taken in a carjacking in Emeryville," Senkle said. He said that car was dumped in a neighborhood "not too far from where the robbery took place."

Police are examining the car for evidence.

A bystander was slightly injured in the holdup.

"A customer was pushed and fell down," Senkle said, adding that the man was not seriously injured.

Descriptions of the men vary because all three had their faces covered. Police are reviewing video camera footage of the robbery, but Senkle described all three as small in stature.

An undisclosed amount of money was taken. The FBI is involved because the robbery may be part of a string of holdups.

Senkle said Pleasanton gets several bank robberies a year, but rarely any of a potentially violent nature.

Comments

There are no comments yet for this post

Post a comment

Posting an item on Town Square is simple and requires no registration. Just complete this form and hit "submit" and your topic will appear online. Please be respectful and truthful in your postings so Town Square will continue to be a thoughtful gathering place for sharing community information and opinion. All postings are subject to our TERMS OF USE, and may be deleted if deemed inappropriate by our staff.

We prefer that you use your real name, but you may use any "member" name you wish.

Name: *

Select your neighborhood or school community: *

Choose a category: *

Since this is the first comment on this story a new topic will also be started in Town Square! Please choose a category that best describes this story.

Comment: *

Verification code: *
Enter the verification code exactly as shown, using capital and lowercase letters, in the multi-colored box.

*Required Fields