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US Bank at Hamilton Safeway Robbed

Suspect remains at large after Tuesday incident, Novato police say.

Novato police are hunting for a man believed to have robbed the US Bank branch inside the Safeway store at the Hamilton Marketplace Shopping Center on Tuesday afternoon.

The suspect is a white man wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans, Sgt. Jay Demski said.

Investigators believe the man approached a bank teller at about 1 p.m. and presented a demand note. The teller turned over an undisclosed amount of cash to the suspect, who then fled on foot, Demski said.

No one was injured, and police made no mention of a weapon in the initial release to the media.

Novato police received help from the Marin County Sheriff's Office in the pursuit, but thus far the suspect has not been found. The investigation is ongoing, Demski said.

The suspect's description is similar to that of a man who robbed US Bank branches at Safeway stores in Santa Rosa and Rohnert Park on Thursday. In addition, a man described as Hispanic robbed a Chase Bank inside a Raley's store on Fulton Road in west Santa Rosa on Feb. 1, Santa Rosa police said.

US Bank has offered a $25,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest of anyone robbing any US Bank branch.

Novato police Lt. John McCarthy said detectives are investigating whether the robberies were committed by the same person, and they will be consulting with the other police departments this week.

The FBI participates in bank robbery investigations as well. "If it appears connected to other bank robberies or there are extenuating circumstances, they'll respond to the scene," McCarthy said. "If not, they'll take a look at the case at a different time."

McCarthy said it might be Wednesday by the time a surveillance photo of the suspect is shared.

Anyone who might have information about this incident is urged to call Novato police at 897-4361.

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Concerned citizen February 20, 2013 at 12:31 AM
Why do you not provide any specific descriptions of the perpetrator (ie: tall, short, white, black, hispanic, old, young, etc...) Giving only a black hoodie description is very pc, but a total waste of time.
Christina February 20, 2013 at 12:48 AM
This might be the only description available at this time until the report is filed.
Brent Ainsworth (Editor) February 20, 2013 at 01:41 AM
The story contains the information that the police have provided. That's about the best I can do for ya.
Christina February 20, 2013 at 02:09 AM
I have bankers and officers in my family. I know how it works. My point was, as Brett said, that's all that was available or released to the public. Officers do not release all the details before a report is written.
Devin February 20, 2013 at 07:59 PM
Because it can't be released yet....or that is all they have right now.
Brent Ainsworth (Editor) February 21, 2013 at 01:01 AM
Feb. 20 update: Nothing new to report, according to NPD detectives. They might be able to release surveillance photos and more of a description of the suspect on Thursday.

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