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Update: Wells Fargo at Hamilton Robbed

Suspect described as white man driving a white mid-sized sedan with Nevada plates, according to police.

Novato police swooped down on the at Hamilton late Friday morning and began gathering evidence after the branch was robbed, police said.

Police were notified of a potential robbery at 11:24 a.m.,  Lt. Keith Heiden said. After questioning bank employees, it was found that no weapon was used by the suspect, described as a white man 35 to 40 years old with a medium build, he said.

No one was harmed during the incident at 5820 Nave Drive, Heiden said.

Detectives searched for evidence on adjacent streets as bank employees were interviewed by investigators inside the bank. Air surveillance was used in the area search as well, Heiden said.

Heiden said there were several patrons in the bank when the suspect handed a note to a teller and was given cash. He spent about 2 minutes inside the bank.

"We have a lot of witnesses," he said.

As the search took place, one officer was stationed outside the bank to tell customers the branch would be closed for a few hours.

Heiden said the suspect is a white man with black hair, about 5-foot-6 to 5-7, and wearing a gray button-down shirt and a dark cap with a red-and-white Atlanta Braves "A" logo. Initial reports were that he left the bank and headed northbound on Nave Drive in a white mid-sized sedan with a Nevada license plate.

Police have obtained surveillance photos from the bank but are not ready to release them to the media, Heiden said.

Anyone with information about the incident is invited to call Novato police at 897-4361 or 897-1122. The department’s Hot Tip Line is 800-848-0101. 

The Wells Fargo branch was robbed in 2009 and the suspect has not been apprehended. In that incident, a man entered the branch, presented a demand note to the bank teller and fled the bank with the money, unaware he also took an explosive dye pack that helps investigators track robbery suspects. The dye pack exploded around the corner from the bank on Roblar Drive, causing the suspect to drop some of the money. The suspect fled on a black, dirt-bike style motorcycle.

A. Costa June 01, 2012 at 09:19 PM
Ever since My Husband and I moved to Novato in Sept of last year I swear I've heard of a hand full of different bank robberies in our little town. What's going on?!
The Diggler June 01, 2012 at 09:24 PM
People are broke, hungry and addicted to drugs and alcohol. They look for the easy buck while the rest of us work for it. It happens everywhere.
Denise Rasmussen June 01, 2012 at 09:36 PM
Novato must be the bank robbery capital of Marin County. Bank robberies are a regular thing in Novato. Is it like that everywhere? Seems to me in the 20+ years I've lived here just about every single bank has been hit at one time or another. Wonder what it is about Novato that makes us so attractive to bank robbers? Access to the highway maybe? Just glad everyone is ok.
sheri June 01, 2012 at 09:37 PM
We moved here 12 years ago. Novato isn't the sweet sleepy town it used to be.
Brent Ainsworth (Editor) June 01, 2012 at 09:55 PM
I think it's 101 running through Marin that provides a getaway artery plus the economic desperation of many people out there.
Eileen Plunkett June 01, 2012 at 10:23 PM
Until Hamilton MarketPlace opened I lived in the safest, most unknown spot in Novato. Since then, nothing but robberies, shootings and muggings......not a good sign. I have lived here for 15 years, most feeling safe and secure, not any longer.
Tired June 01, 2012 at 10:25 PM
This bank is just a few feet from highway access ramp and thus an easy getaway. Makes sense that they would be robbed on occasion. Sounds lik a pretty low profile robbery- just asked for moneyy and showed no weapon. Hope they catch him so it doesn't encourage others.
Richard June 02, 2012 at 05:38 AM
"Crime is down" Crime down" is Michael Frank still babbling those words?
Jerome J Ghigliotti Jr June 02, 2012 at 11:23 AM
Really? It seems that one of the city council candidates ran on that issue. What was his name?
Jerome J Ghigliotti Jr June 02, 2012 at 11:25 AM
Someone stood up at city council meetings fo 3 years and ranted about crime being on the rise. Some kook!
Jerome J Ghigliotti Jr June 02, 2012 at 11:28 AM
Sanctuary city status advertises that we don't have any laws here that anyone will enforce. Welcome, criminals of all colors.
Jerome J Ghigliotti Jr June 02, 2012 at 11:29 AM
It's a chorus. The council, manager, and chief sang that song and went on the hunt for a Caucasian motorcycle gang. Seems that they have not caught them yet.
Craig Belfor June 03, 2012 at 02:57 PM
I hope the drapes in the new $15.5 million dollar city hall the girls voted for themselves will block out the reality of the reduced police budget needed to pay for this. The $8 million they could have saved by buying the IJ building could have gone a long way towards reducing crime. A liberal is someone who's never been mugged.
Jerome J Ghigliotti Jr June 03, 2012 at 03:10 PM
A liberal is a conservation who has not yet been mugged.

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