Bank heist is Peninsula’s third in two weeks

San Mateo police are seeking a single suspect in a robbery at the World Savings Bank on Thursday, the third heist in less than two weeks in the Peninsula. At approximately 3:15 p.m., San Mateo police Capt. Kevin Raffaelli said, a black male in his 20s, approximately 5 feet 7 inches tall, walked into the bank at 2950 S. El Camino Real, handed a note to the teller and left on foot with an undisclosed amount of money.

The robbery came three days after San Mateo police arrested two men who allegedly planned to rob the Union Bank at 390 S. El Camino Real and 11 days after banks in Burlingame and Daly City were robbed within two hours of each other.

Raffaelli said the city is not seeing anything out of the ordinary in the string of bank robberies. But FBI Special Agent Joseph Schadler told The Examiner that robberies have been increasing, and that by July, San Francisco and San Mateo Counties are already close to their totals for 2005 and 2006.

Anyone with information on the bank robbery should call the San Mateo Police Department Investigation Division at (650) 522-7650 or the Secret Witness Line at (650) 522-7676.

jgoldman@examiner.com

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