Police Release Video of San Rafael Bank Robbery

Police haven’t confirmed if the robbery suspect is the same person involved in two other Marin Westamerica Bank robberies this month.


San Rafael Police have released the above video of the Jan. 25 robbery at Westamerica Bank in north San Rafael.

The video shows the robbery suspect before he enters the bank and, through different angles, follows him while he approaches two different teller stations and demands money. Witnesses couldn’t confirm if they saw the suspect holding a weapon.

The suspect at 1:35 p.m. and fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash, according to San Rafael Police Sgt. Roy Leon. It was the third Westamerica Bank robbery in Marin in the last four weeks and the seventh bank robbery in Marin since Dec. 12.

The suspect in the Jan. 25 San Rafael robbery is described as a clean-shaven white male in his late 20’s or early 30’s, between 5'7 and 5'9, with an average build. He was wearing a black or dark gray beanie, black sunglasses, a dark gray hooded sweatshirt, and dark blue jeans. 

Police can't confirm if the suspect might be the same person involved in the other two recent Westamerica robberies, according to San Rafael police spokeswoman Margo Rohrbacher.

A man entered the Westamerica Bank at 1177 Francisco Blvd. in San Rafael on Jan. 4, at 5:12 p.m., and walked directly to a teller and demanded money. He fled on foot after receiving the cash. No weapon was seen or mentioned.

Police linked that crime with another Westamerica Bank robbery in Novato on Jan. 10. The Ignacio branch was robbed of an undisclosed amount at 3:51 p.m. and the suspect fled on foot. No one was hurt and no weapon was used, police said.

Police linked a middle-aged white man, approximately 40 to 50 years old, to a Jan. 22 Mill Valley Union Bank robbery and a Jan. 9 Greenbrae Union Bank robbery. 

A suspect was arrested Dec. 23 in connection with another San Rafael robbery at Citibank in December. 


Anyone with information about the San Rafael crime is asked to call San Rafael Police at (415) 485-3000 or Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477. Callers can remain anonymous. Tips can be made online at www.bayareacrimestoppers.org.

Shirley Humann Shanahan January 27, 2013 at 11:31 PM
Put up a sign "No one with dark glasses and/or hoods will be allowed in this bank." or "Please remove sunglasses and hood when entering". I think it is the Bank of Marin on Grant in Novato that is actually locked and has to be unlocked when someone wants to enter. (Push a button or something like that). Unfortunate, but necessary!!
Avanti Monty January 28, 2013 at 04:15 PM
Whoa.........this sure looks easy? no note? no visible gun? no alarm? no guard? few customers ? a video doesn't deter anyone.in fact it makes bank robbery look like a viable safe way to make a fast buck ? Jesse James is smiling somewhere.
Kevin Moore January 28, 2013 at 05:03 PM
Some sunglasses are prescription, so people will wear them indoors. Putting ON a hoodie as you walk inside says, "Bank Robber". I take off my helmet when going inside the building at a gas station. The attendants don't need the worry and I don't need to get shot.


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