San Luis Obispo armed bank robbery

May 3, 2012

FBI investigators and San Luis Obispo Police officers are investigating the Thursday robbery of the Golden 1 Credit Union on Foothill Boulevard in San Luis Obispo.

At about 3:15, the robber entered the bank carrying a handgun and ordered everyone in the bank to get on the ground. The robber then passed a plastic bag to a teller and told him to place money in the bag.

The robber fled the bank with about $4,000 in cash.

Witnesses describe the suspect as a dark Hispanic or black male, about 5 feet 9 inches tall, with a stocky build. He was wearing a dark sweatshirt and blue or purple tennis shoes.


14 Comments

  1. willieslo says:

    Just be glad nobody was killed over money.
    The robbery took less than 60 seconds
    The robber’s ID or description was partially masked to reduce risk of capture or future prosecution (careful risk reduction).
    Even if he had no intent to shoot anyone, accidents can still happen, a life is not worth more than the money.
    If he did not mask his identity I think there is a greater risk he might have shot someone.
    Once he made it to the escape vehicle, probably driven by someone of the opposite description with light complexion and hair, maybe even female, who could bypass the police contained manhunt, then it is pretty much over.
    Bottom line, no one was killed!
    I have been a member of the Golden for many years, it would break my heart to see people like Maryann and Melandy who have been so good to many of us get hurt or killed over the money.

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  2. Ted Slanders says:

    WHAT BIBLICAL PRECEPTS TO FOLLOW WHEN THIS ROBBER IS CAUGHT

    If this robber is ever caught, then the Christian bible justice is to come down upon him! If caught, and he is a poor thief who cannot make amends for what he has stolen, then he is to be sold into slavery, period.

    “If a man shall steal an ox, (money from a bank) or a sheep, (money from a bank) and kill it, (spend it) or sell it; he shall restore five oxen for an ox, and four sheep for a sheep. … If he have nothing, then he shall be sold for his theft. (Exodus 22:1-3)

    OMG, sometimes it’s better to be a Christian, because if this person is a Muslim, and if caught, the Qur’an says that he should have his hands cut off! “As for the thief, both male and female, cut off their hands. It is the reward of their own deeds, an exemplary punishment from Allah. (Qur’an 5:38)

    HOW TO BIBLICALLY FIND THE BANK ROBBER:

    When you disobey our Lord as a Christian in the way of stealing, which is going against the eight commandment, the Lord will take His wrath against you and afflict you with the boils of Egypt and with tumors, festering sores and the itch, from which you cannot be cured. (Deut 28:27)

    Therefore, all the police investigators have to do is to look at the hospital and doctor records around California and look for a man that has been cursed with the above maladies, and there’s your culprit!

    Simple biblical deduction, praise!

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    • mkaney says:

      Keep going, you’ve got a long way to go before you are as good of a performance artist as Fred Phelps.

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      • Ted Slanders says:

        mkaney,

        Fred Phelps? What a joke! I taught him everything he knows at this time relative to the bible and the topic of stealing, like this story is all about!

        Ol’ Fred doesn’t hold a candle to Brother Ted!

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  3. The Gimlet Eye says:

    What an ironic story! See how banks rob YOU every day of the week and why you are the bankers SLAVES:

    Money As Debt 1-4
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mIIAvdJvCes

    If that’s not enough, watch this:

    The Money Masters – Full

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  4. paragon says:

    Can’t credit unions afford dye packs?

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    • Structure says:

      Or at least high resolution surveillance cameras. Come on…it’s 2012, how hard can this be?

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      • mkaney says:

        I was in a bank while it was being robbed somewhere around 2003 and their surveillance system was so bad that it recorded only one camera at a time. The robber walked into the bank, pulled down his mask and took out his gun, jumped onto the counter and demanded the money. They filled up his bag (he walked in just as they were moving a cart of money into the vault), and he jumped down and walked out the door. The whole thing took about five minutes, and the surveillance recording wound up only with pictures of his shoes. I’m the only person that ever saw his face, and the FBI never followed up with me.

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  5. pasoparent5 says:

    I used to tell my kids that someone would have too be stupid to rob a bank. There are so many cameras everywhere and sometimes a security guard’s on duty.

    But after hearing about so many bank robberies on the Central Coast in the last few years, I’m starting to wonder if the criminals aren’t so dumb. This guy got an easy 4 thousand bucks and who knows how much the other criminals got away with.

    It just seems that increasing numbers of bank robbers never get caught. I’d expect that in LA or SF but it’s scary when it keeps happening here in SLO County.

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    • pasoparent5 says:

      um…that’s “to” not “too be stupid.” How ironic of me to misspell that! LOL

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    • Citizen says:

      The banks instituted new policies of just giving the money out without a fight. Bank robbers, of course, know this. That’s why we have increasing numbers of vagrants, instead of expert bank robbers, wandering into banks for some cash.

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    • The Gimlet Eye says:

      Yes, it is curious. I’m almost tempted to think that the bankers themselves hire these “robbers” to remove money from the system as a sort of secret “bonus” for their own use. The money “disappears,” but then winds up somewhere in another account or under a mattress somewhere belonging to the banker.

      I wonder.

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  6. willieslo says:

    The only people who had guns were the robber and police officer.
    Thank goodness the robber concealed / cloaked his identity.
    (If his identity was open he’d probably move all personnel to the back and execute them.
    Good he cased the place and area out and the robbery plan went smooth i.e. “no one got killed” over the money.
    Good no personnel acted foolishly i.e. “no one got killed” over the job or money.
    The robber got away and “no one was killed” over the money / End of mystery.

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  7. Structure says:

    Hmmm, glad federal law enforcement officials have the free time to chase pot smokers and don’t have to worry about catching crooks like this.

    Hot debate. What do you think? Thumb up 33 Thumb down 9

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