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WaMu Bank robbed on Main Street

Original post made on Oct 31, 2008

Washington Mutual's branch bank at 561 Main St. was robbed on Thursday afternoon by a man using a note who then fled on foot, police said.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, October 31, 2008, 4:50 AM

Comments (14)

Posted by Timothy T, a resident of Downtown
on Oct 31, 2008 at 11:36 am

This is becoming a pretty popular pastime in Pleasanton!

If you rob two banks, you get a free toaster!

Apparently, this guy hasn't heard about the recent economic crisis. WaMu probably wasn't able to give him much cash.

Posted by Stacey, a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Oct 31, 2008 at 11:51 am

Who wears a nice shirt and tie when robbing a bank?

Posted by Jerry, a resident of Oak Hill
on Oct 31, 2008 at 12:49 pm

Un Oh...

"Who wears a nice shirt and tie when robbing a bank" - You don't suppose Bonnie & Clyde are still around. Naw..... Do you???

You don't suppose this guy could be hiding in the courthouse parking lot waiting to be "surrounded" by PPD's finest.....:) Sorry, that little red guy on my shoulder(as referenced to in another thread)wouldn't let me resist...:):)

I think I have too much time on my hands, I'd best find something productive to occupy my time...

Posted by Stacey, a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Oct 31, 2008 at 12:55 pm

Or maybe Jules Winnfield and Vincent Vega? :)

Posted by Julie, a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Oct 31, 2008 at 11:09 pm

Gee, if he didn't "mention or display a weapon" why didn't the teller just say, "NO"! If all it takes is a note...........

Posted by Jennifer Henson, a resident of Vineyard Hills
on Nov 1, 2008 at 3:23 am

I would imagine that the tellers have been instructed simply to hand over money to anyone who threatens them. And rightly so, in my opinion. The safety of their employees should be a primary concern for the bank. Otherwise, they'd have trouble recruiting staff.

Someone in another thread asked why there was no security camera. There IS a camera and very clear pictures of the incident have already been posted on the web site here. I would hope that the criminal would be quickly apprehended, though it still depends, of course, on someone wth enough public spirit to identify him.

I'm still amazed by the courage of the "concerned citizen" who followed the Safeway bank robber, a few weeks ago, resulting in his arrest. I do hope that his actions reaped the reward they merited!

Posted by Another Gatetree Resident, a resident of Amador Valley High School
on Nov 1, 2008 at 3:40 am

Who wears a nice shirt and tie when robbing a bank?
Posted by Stacey

Stacey, perhaps someone who went shopping on their lunch hour and ran short on cash? *LMAO*

Posted by Stacey, a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Nov 1, 2008 at 8:02 am

"perhaps someone who went shopping on their lunch hour and ran short on cash? *LMAO*"


Posted by mac, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 1, 2008 at 8:30 am

I'm curious about the camera that caught the pics (shown in the article). You'd think it was time to put the camera behind or next to the teller so a straight on pic can be obtained. Something from above does no good in an era when wearing a hat indoors is commonplace (and easily hides facial details from a camera working from above.)

Anyone know anything about camera placement?

Posted by Concerned Resdient, a resident of another community
on Nov 1, 2008 at 9:14 am

I am appalled at the comments about this story. This is a very uneasy event for the employees at this bank, and you all are making light of it. You should all be ashamed of yourselves and maybe instead of making comments like this, maybe you should focus your talented conversation skills on the upcoming election. If you don't have anything nice to say, or intelligent for that matter, don't say it AT ALL.

Posted by MainStreetDiva, a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Nov 1, 2008 at 4:30 pm

As discussed in the earlier thread about the earlier robbery, tellers are given explicit instructions what to do in case of a robbery. Banks do NOT want the liability of someone (an employee, a customer, or just an innocent bystander) getting hurt. Years ago, a colleague of mine was fired for resisting a bank robbery. Luckily, his job was the only casualty.

Posted by unknown, a resident of Downtown
on Nov 2, 2008 at 11:57 am

What is wrong with people today!

Posted by Jerry, a resident of Oak Hill
on Nov 3, 2008 at 1:50 am

Concerned Citizen,

It's my opinion that those posting on this thread were not "making light" of the actual act of robbing the bank or the uneasiness of the employees after such an event. I'd venture to bet all those posting are glad no one was harmed and hope they never face a situtation such as the employees endured...

It's my impression the comments were directed at how easy it seems to rob a bank in Pleasanton these days and how unusual this bad guy's attire seemed, compared to the bank surveillance photos of other recent robberies...

If my comments caused any bank employee additional uneasiness, I apologize. It certainly wasn't my intent...

Posted by bel, a resident of Val Vista
on Nov 5, 2008 at 11:47 pm

Its a shame they dont have a larger more clear photo posted.

Its strange the guy didn't even try to cover his face with glasses or wear non descrip clothing. Maybe he just got fired from his job or something and walked there.

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