Suspected Bank Bandit Arrested at Scene of Third Robbery

Suspected Bank Bandit Arrested at Scene of Third Robbery

Surveillance pic of Price

SAN PABLO – A man suspected of recently committing two bank robberies was nabbed while leaving the scene of a third robbery last week at a Money Mart loan agency.

Officers arrested 30-year-old Avaun Price at the Money Mart storefront located at 14473 San Pablo Ave., shortly after responding to a report of a robbery at 5:16 p.m. on June 22.

Police said the suspect handed an employee a note demanding cash, and claimed to have a weapon. Officers arrived on the scene quickly to meet the suspect as he was exiting Money Mart.

Price is also suspected of robbing the Chase Bank at 14330 San Pablo Avenue at 12:40 p.m. on June 13, and suspected of robbing Citibank at 201 San Pablo Towne Center at 4:05 p.m. on June 20.

Similarly, the suspect handed tellers at both banks a note demanding cash, and claiming to have a weapon, before successfully fleeing with the loot from those two robberies.

The suspect who was wearing an orange and yellow reflective vest during both bank heists, discarded the vest after leaving the scene of the second bank robbery.

He also stopped at a nearby convenience store, following one of the bank robberies, where a video surveillance camera recorded high-quality images of a man matching the description of the suspected bandit, which helped with the police investigation.

Price was booked at the Martinez Detention Facility, charged with first degree robbery for each incident, where he remains in custody in lieu of $300,000 bail.

Suspected Bank Bandit Arrested at Scene of Third Robbery was last modified: July 5th, 2017 by admin
Categories: Contra Costa
Tags: robbery

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