Police: Man robs Pleasanton bank, leads officers on chase

Robber remains at-large; likely tied to Livermore bank robbery earlier in day

An unidentified man robbed a Wells Fargo Bank in Pleasanton and eluded police during a brief car chase Friday morning, according to a police department spokesman.

The suspect remains at-large, and based on crime scene photos, he looks like the same person who robbed a Livermore bank earlier in the morning, according to Pleasanton police Sgt. Pat Walsh.

The Pleasanton incident occurred around 10:50 a.m. Friday when a masked male walked into the Wells Fargo at the corner of Hopyard Road and Stoneridge Drive, Walsh said.

He approached the teller and handed over a note demanding cash and indicating he had a firearm, although no gun was seen, according to Walsh.

The suspect left the bank with an undisclosed amount of money and drove from the scene in a dark gray or dark silver Audi A3, according to the sergeant.

Witnesses saw the Audi drive south on Hopyard Road and into downtown, turning first onto Main Street and then driving the wrong direction on part of Bernal Avenue, according to Walsh.

The Audi re-entered the correct lane traveling westbound on Bernal Avenue, where Pleasanton police officers started pursuing him as he continued toward northbound Interstate 680, the sergeant said.

"The suspect continued to drive in a manner that was unsafe for the public and pursuing officers, and Pleasanton police officers terminated the pursuit," Walsh said.

The Audi was last seen driving westbound on Interstate 580, and neither the robber nor the vehicle was located as of 4:30 p.m. Friday, according to Walsh.

The robber was described as 6-foot-2 with a stocky build and wearing blue jeans, a white long-sleeved shirt with a black hood pulled onto his head and a white cloth wrapped around his head covering his face. He was also wearing dark sunglasses.

The Audi A3 Sportback was dark gray or dark silver with dealer or obscured license plates.

Walsh said Pleasanton detectives are working with other departments to see if the Wells Fargo incident is tied to other similar Bay Area robberies, but the sergeant confirmed that the Pleasanton robber looks like the person seen in photographs robbing a Livermore bank about an hour earlier Friday.

Livermore police reported that a male entered WestAmerica Bank on First Street at 10:07 a.m. Friday and gave the teller a note that demanded an undisclosed amount of money before absconding from the scene.

The Livermore robber was identified by police as wearing a mask, a white sweatshirt with a black hood and dark-colored pants. No weapon was seen during the robbery, police stated.

Anyone with information on the Wells Fargo incident can call Pleasanton police at 931-5100. Anyone with information about the Livermore incident can call that department at 371-4848.

In the Pleasanton case, Wells Fargo is offering $5,000 reward for information that leads to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person responsible, according to police.

Editor's note: Reporter Meredith Bauer contributed to this report.

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Posted by Michael Austin
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Jun 3, 2016 at 5:31 pm

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There is a company on the east coast in Virginia or Vermont that manufactures a device that fires GPS bullets that attach to fleeing vehicles.

The device mounts in the grill of the police vehicle and can fire a "GPS bullet" that attaches to the trunk or bumper area of the fleeing vehicle, eliminating the need for dangerous pursuit.

The company "Star Chase Pursuit Management Technology".

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Posted by Anonymous
a resident of Kottinger Ranch
on Jun 4, 2016 at 9:10 pm

Thanks to PPD for calling off the chase. Suspect almost went head on with my dad (retired LEO) at +75mph on Bernal headed to meet my wife and newborn baby for lunch. Excellent call by PPD Supervisor... catch him another day and end it like Fremont PD did.

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Posted by mooseturd
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Jun 5, 2016 at 4:03 pm

mooseturd is a registered user.

M. Austin's comment makes me wonder why banks don't have GPS trackers in money wrappers. Of course bank robbers only serve 3 days in jail.

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Posted by Map
a resident of Del Prado
on Jun 7, 2016 at 8:13 am

"Gps bullets"??? Sorry, bad idea! The first time one of those bounces off of or misses the suspects car and takes out one of our innocent citizens the ambulance chasing lawyers will be lining up to fill their pockets at the cities coffers! I'm with anonymous, be patient and take him out next time.

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