Former sheriff’s deputy pleads guilty to bank robbery
February 5, 2014
A Paso Robles man pled guilty Tuesday to robbing a Cambria bank last year.
Bruce Franklin Valentine, 70, of Heritage Ranch faces two to five and a half years in prison for the Nov. 7 robbery of a Rabobank in Cambria. Valentine was disguised in a mask as he wielded a gun and demanded cash.
The former Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s deputy who had been supporting a disabled daughter and two grandchildren, allegedly had an expensive gambling habit.
Valentine said after he robbed the bank 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.