Wells Fargo Robber Wore 49ers Hat, Napa Police Say

Security camera images show the man police say demanded cash at the Wells Fargo inside Raley's in South Napa Marketplace Saturday afternoon, wearing a white beanie cap with a San Francisco 49ers logo.

A bank robber hit the bank branch inside Raley's Saturday afternoon, according to a summary from the City of Napa Police Department:

On 1/19/2013  at about 1623hrs, the suspect entered the Wells Fargo Bank inside Raley’s at 217 Soscol Ave.

The suspect approached the tellers and verbally demanded cash. The teller handed the suspect cash.

The suspect walked out the north entry/exit doors in an unknown direction of travel.

Officers responded to the scene, completed an investigation and checked the area for the suspect. The suspect was not located.

Police described the suspect as a white male adult, late 20s to early 30s, approximately 5’5’’ with a medium build. At the time of the robbery he was described as unshaven and wearing a plaid gray hooded jacket, a white beanie with a San Francisco 49ers logo, black sunglasses and black pants.

Napa police ask anyone with information relating to this robbery to contact Investigator Hess at (707) 257-9507.

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Patrick Havens January 22, 2013 at 12:52 AM
And there are no pictures of the person? I'd assume there was numerous security cameras that caught it if you add the banks, plus Raley's and also isn't that one of the lots with cameras on the lot?
Louisa Hufstader (Editor) January 22, 2013 at 01:45 AM
Well observed, Patrick: Just as you were posting that comment, Napa PD was emailing me the security-cam images now attached to this article.
Desiree January 22, 2013 at 03:36 AM
I would look at shelters thise homeless rvs etc there acres of fields to hmmm tuff call
Larry Cereghino January 22, 2013 at 04:17 AM
Its amazing to me that a bank robbery was even taken place inside the store,,with so many customers shopping.some onehad to see what was going on..This has happened many times in our Grocery stores,yes its nice to have them thier..but lets put the banks back where they belong
Laura Dudnick (Editor) January 22, 2013 at 05:58 AM
I'm so glad no one was hurt... My brother used to work at this store, I can't believe this happened there!
Art Morris January 22, 2013 at 06:13 AM
Wouldn't have happened if everyone was allowed to concealed carry. Criminals want easy targets. This guy never would have attempted this if he knew there was a chance of getting injured or killed by some good law-abiding citizen carrying a gun.
Harold Edwards January 22, 2013 at 07:03 AM
I don't think he made the football team ?
Cathy Gumina Odom January 22, 2013 at 08:07 AM
Louisa Hufstader (Editor) January 22, 2013 at 01:20 PM
There's no indication the robber had a weapon of any kind: You're proposing a scenario in which someone with a gun would injure or kill an unarmed person.
Bob Taft January 22, 2013 at 03:48 PM
I agree with Art. If the suspect knew that many people were carrying a gun it likely wouldn't have happened and if it did happen, and the suspect was unarmed, he simply would have been apprehended. As stupid as bad guys are, nobody wants to shoot out.
Paul Hubbard January 22, 2013 at 04:53 PM
When you rob a bank you run the risk of being shot, unarmed or armed. Put a gun on him and tell him to hit the floor, if he produces a weapon then save us court costs. I have a hard time defending criminals because they may or may not be armed.
Rachael Clark January 22, 2013 at 05:28 PM
Interesting how someone would say to check the homless shelter and rvs.. sad real sad..
Selim Sivad January 22, 2013 at 08:16 PM
Nonsense. Arizona still has bank robberies. All states have bank robberies. Carrying a concealed weapon wouldn't have stopped this. Plus, you want someone opening fire in a crowded grocery store? You're crazier than the bank robber if you want that. Having worked in a financial institution before, let me enlighten you as to how this most likely went down. Guy goes up to teller with a deposit slip with something like "give me all your money, don't alert anyone" written on it (probably misspelled). The teller, who was likely following Wells Fargo policy, reaches for the bait money, gives it to the guy, who then splits. Teller hits the silent alarm at her station and alerts her manager. Police show up, information about the money is exchanged & sent to the FBI, and the police start local investigations. Dude gets away with marked money and probably a dye pack for his troubles, maybe some bills with transmitters. He'll be caught. Wells Fargo gets insurance payout. No firearms, no stray bullets, nobody gets hurt. You concealed carry people watch too many movies.
Selim Sivad January 22, 2013 at 08:23 PM
...which is exactly the reason why concealed carry laws are a bad idea. I don't want a shootout at Raley's. Let the guy take the bait money and get caught in the next couple of weeks. Is it worth a shootout? If the guy is dumb enough to rob a bank with all the tracking technology today, surely he won't care about his own safety. And how are we to know that the John Wayne with the concealed gun could hit the broadside of a barn when the adrenaline hits his KFC-soaked arteries? Yay! Stray bullets from TWO people now, rather than NONE. I trust the cops because they're forced to have regular training. I don't trust the random Joe at the store to handle a gun. Heck, if your world perception is that you NEED a gun in Napa for self defense, you're probably certifiably insane to begin with.
Lorie January 22, 2013 at 11:02 PM
"He wore a 49ers hat"...That should be easy to spot, especially in the next couple of weeks! I'd go for a Bank Rule that mandates EVERYONE to remove their sunglasses and head gear before entering the institution, including "hoodies".
Louisa Hufstader (Editor) January 23, 2013 at 01:43 AM
That would be easier to enforce in a freestanding bank than one located inside a supermarket like this one. Bank workers are already watching for overly disguised faces. I went into a WF bank building once on a sunny day with my big straw hat and eyeshading glasses - every head swiveled in my direction and I suddenly realized I was being viewed as a possible robber. I pulled that sun hat off so fast the sunglasses went flying, hit the floor and broke.
Cheryl Hurst January 23, 2013 at 02:10 AM
Wonder how many people would get hurt in the panic that would follow with someone pulling out a gun in Raley's.
Art Morris January 23, 2013 at 05:53 AM
The one thing that many of the "anti-gun" persuasion are forgetting is that by having a liberal concealed carry you effectively have peace because no one want to take the chance of a "shootout". In the military we call this "Peace through deterrence". This is why we never had the Cold War with the USSR; they were afraid to escalate the cold to a hot war because of the probably outcome: DEATH. If you were going to commit a crime, would you be more likely to try knowing there was a good chance someone (anyone) could foil those plans where you got killed or injured, or would you plan a crime knowing no one was armed and you were in a "gun-free" zone? It's really simple logic. No need to over complicate the matter.
Art Morris January 23, 2013 at 05:57 AM
You forget Lorie that criminals don't follow rules. They keep screwing up that whole no guns in a "gun-free" zone thing; what makes you think they will take off their headwear , hoodies and sunglasses? What about the little old lady, or even young person, who has glaucoma and has to wear the dark sunglasses?
Art Morris January 23, 2013 at 07:22 AM
Louisa, just because a law-abiding citizen has a gun, does not mean they will use it trying to apprehend a bank robber. Your post theorizes that every time a person pulls a gun out of it's holster, the trigger is pulled and the bullets start flying. This is simply not the norm. Remember the Clackamas Mall shooting in Oregon recently? The gunman stopped shooting and committed suicide once he saw a law-abiding citizen draw down on him. The good citizen never pulled the trigger and the gunman knew his shooting spree was over once he saw another gun pointing at him. The situation ended when a good citizen pulled a concealed weapon. A very compelling argument for allowing concealed carry by law-abiding citizens. We already know the bad guys are packing; why restrict the good guys?
Art Morris January 23, 2013 at 07:31 AM
Selim, here are the FBI stats for bank robberies in 2011. Of particular interest is the Pacific. CA (with strict gun laws) had 687 bank robberies; Oregon and Alaska (with liberal concealed carry gun laws) only had 96 and 12 respectively. I know that sheer population probably had something to do with this, but I'd feel more comfortable knowing that there were many good citizens legally packing and able to back me up than not. An armed society is a polite society. http://www.fbi.gov/stats-services/publications/bank-crime-statistics-2011/bank-crime-statistics-2011
Bob Taft January 23, 2013 at 12:42 PM
A 49er fan wouldn;t have done this, the hat was a disguise. Look for a Raider fan....


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