Clovis News

Good Samaritan helps nab robbery suspect

6:15 p.m.: More details have emerged about this morning's bank robbery in Clovis:

A 40-year-old Oakland man arrested in a bank robbery in Clovis this morning is believed to be responsible for a string of robberies since April 12.

Clovis police said the man also is a suspect in bank robberies in Fresno, Union City and Livermore.

As the alleged robber left the bank today, he dropped a bag of money when a dye pack went off. A Clovis man, who saw the dye pack explode, followed the robber, wrote down his vehicle’s license plate number and contacted police.

A good Samaritan helped police capture a suspected bank robber this morning when he followed the thief’s vehicle and wrote down the license plate number, Clovis police said.

The alleged robber entered a Clovis bank in the 500 block of Shaw Avenue about 10 a.m. today and handed a note to a teller demanding money, said Calli Biaggi, a Clovis police spokeswoman. The teller complied and the man left the bank, but attracted the attention of a Clovis man.

The Clovis man called police with the license plate number, which led to Fresno police officers stopping the vehicle. Clovis police took the alleged robber and a driver into custody, Biaggi said.

No one was injured in the robbery.