Gambling addiction leads to bank robbery?

December 4, 2013
Bruce Valentine

Bruce Valentine

Investigators are looking at a Paso Robles man’s gambling addiction as a possible motive for his alleged robbery of a Cambria bank. [KSBY]

Last Month, San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Valentine at his Heritage Ranch home for the Nov. 7 robbery of a Rabobank in Cambria. During the robbery, a man wielding a gun and disguised in a mask demanded cash.

According to a search warrant obtained by KSBY, deputies pulled Valentine over shortly after the robbery occurred in a vehicle matching the description of the get-away-car. He talked to officers and was let go.

A few minutes later, a California Fish and Wildlife officer approached Valentine, and also let him go on his way. However, a search of the area led to the discovery of a black bag with clothes and shoes matching those worn by the robber and a cardboard note used in the robbery.

Five days later, officers again interviewed Valentine at his home. The former Santa Barbara Sheriff’s deputy said he had rented the Hyundai while his truck was at a body shop. Though he elected not to fix his truck because of the cost, he decided to take a drive down Highway 101 to Morro Bay in the rental car.

Valentine said he stopped at a liquor store to get a sandwich and a bottle of water, but he did not appear on the store’s video.

Valentine said later that night he went to the Tachi Palace Casino in Lemoore. Casino officials said he had gambled more than $300,000 in 2013 and lost more than $16,000.

Valentine remains in jail with bail set at $250,000.

 


11 Comments

  1. Still Standing says:

    Guess robbing a bank and gambling away money is different than robbing friends/ family/ and investors and gambling away the money, right? Guess Bruce doesn’t have enough dirt on the ‘big dogs’ to keep him out of jail! When does Gearhart and all his buddies get to pay the piper?

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    • NorthCountyGuy says:

      Could you be referring to Jim App and his protected-class clique of violent crime buddies?

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      • Still Standing says:

        I don’t know Jim App, is he a friend of Gearharts?

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        • Mr. Holly says:

          Gearhart’s friend has left the scene of the crime and can be located in Indian Wells.

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      • Still Standing says:

        Jim App as in Paso Robles City manager?

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        • SLOBIRD says:

          I think Mr. Holly met Wade McKinney. How soon we forget. And yes, we was a GREAT friend to Mr. Gearhart, and Mr. Gearhart rewarded his loyalty very well!

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  2. ironyman2000 says:

    Robbing a Rabobank. At least the guy has a sense of humor.

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  3. Jorge Estrada says:

    I think that his real problem is a re-occuring government mindset syndrome, he should be upgraded to a disability pension.

    As tongue and cheek this may seem, there are real examples being funded that are just as rediculous.

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    • ironyman2000 says:

      you really really really need some language and writing lessons Jorge.

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      • Moderator says:

        You need to really really stop the ad hominems.
        Try replying with facts to someones statement not attacking the person.
        Thin ice.

        ? or! moderator@calcoastnews.com

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        • ironyman2000 says:

          In my view, “facts” expressed by someone without a basic grasp of the language
          are suspect. This is to set aside there were no facts cited here. Just a nonsensical
          screed.

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