Chase Bank Robbed Early Wednesday

The 41st Avenue bank was robbed at 9 a.m.

Update, 2:03 p.m.: Capitola Detective Marquis Booth has told Capitola-Soqual Patch that the person who robbed Chase Bank at 9 a.m. Wednesday morning was a white male, approximately 25-years-old, wearing a blue and yellow beannie and a dark sweatshirt.

The man handed the teller a note demanding cash. He was given an undisclosed amount of money and fled the bank out of the eastbound door. It's not known which direction he went from there, Booth said.

The man carried no visible weapon and Booth said that no one was injured during the incident.

The bank was closed for several hours following the robbery. 

No arrests have been made, but anyone with information or who recognizes the man in the surveillance photos above is encouraged to call the Capitola Police Department anonymous tip line at 831-475-2791.

Original Report: Authorities have confirmed to Capitola-Soquel Patch that on 41st Avenue was robbed Wednesday morning at 9 a.m.

No further information on the incident is currently available, but this story will be updates as soon as more details come to light.

This marks the second time in seven months that the branch has been robbed. Back in September, 2011, and claimed to have a bomb on his person. He was later .

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Chuck April 05, 2012 at 03:15 AM
I'm surprised the robber got any money at all. Have you been into that Chase branch? They recently installed thick bulletproof glass and bulletproof panels from floor to ceiling to protect the teller area. Shy of having an explosive, there's not much an average bank robber could do. I would have thought the teller would have told him to eff himself.
Soquel Deb April 06, 2012 at 08:26 AM
Bank policies err on the side of caution and protection of human life, rather than property (cash). Most likely tellers have been informed that if they receive written or verbal demands for cash, they are to comply without question. In any case, especially since I bank at that location, the two recent incidents are a bit unnerving -- I am glad no one was hurt.
Willow April 06, 2012 at 12:28 PM
Soquell Deb is right. Even though a weapon was not visible, if the teller had refused to comply, the robber could have held the patrons hostage (or threatened to do so). Then a simple robbery could have escalated to a police standoff. That is why the tellers are instructed to hand over the cash, regardless of the lack of visible threat. In fact, tellers could be fired if they resist because they would put the customers' safety at risk. It is a good policy since, after all, it is just money, not lives, at stake, and money, unlike lives, can be replaced.
Always Question April 06, 2012 at 03:48 PM
That's true, about not resisting, or facing the consequences for being heroic. In banks where there are armed guards, it's their job to confront robbers or aggressive customers. If there are not armed guards, it's in the interest of public safety simply to observe and report. Where I bank (and I won't name the branch for obvious reasons),there is a bullet-proof glass "tunnel" inside, enclosed with two doors. One has to enter the tunnel, wait for the green light at the opposite end before exiting into the lobby of the bank. A red light and an alarm will go off if a weapon is detected. One of the other benefits of this tunnel is that it is the only way in or out. A robber would take his loot, enter the tunnel which would then be locked on both ends and he would be trapped there until the police came. It is quite discouraging for robbers. This configuration was installed after the bank was twice robbed. (FYI, there are emergency exits for the tellers and customers, which, when used, would also trigger the alarm.)
Jacob Bourne April 16, 2012 at 09:31 PM
Good news: The suspect in this robbery and two other bank robberies was arrested last night in San Francisco. More info here: http://capitola.patch.com/articles/capitola-bank-robber-arrested-in-san-francisco


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