Bank holdups may involve same perp

Police are trying to determine whether a man who robbed a bank in downtown San Bruno late Monday morning is linked to other heists on the Peninsula.

The robber, described as a white man in his 50s, entered the Bank of America located at 465 San Mateo Ave. approximately 11:40 a.m. He approached a teller and demanded money, police said. He did not show or simulate a weapon during the robbery.

Sgt. Dermot Downes of the San Bruno Police Department said the man left the bank with an undisclosed amount of cash and was last seen on foot in the bank’s west parking lot between El Camino Real and San Mateo Avenue. Police were unable to find him after searching the area.

The bank robber is described as 6 feet tall, weighing 175 pounds, wearing a black wig with a ponytail underneath a black baseball cap, sunglasses and a black jacket. He was carrying a black duffel bag.

Downes said police are investigating whether there is a connection between this thief and another who closely matches the description of the man who struck the Union Bank of America at 1887 El Camino Real last month and also was suspected of bank robberies in San Mateo, Redwood City, Los Altos and San Ramon.

“I’m not sure if it’s the same guy,” he said.

While police investigated, the bank was closed for several hours Monday afternoon, angering and shocking some customers.

“I’m very surprised,” said Katrina Bertumen, a San Bruno resident who came to the bank to cash a check. “Why would anyone rob a bank, can’t people just work?”

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the San Bruno Police Department at (650) 616-7100.

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