Photo: Grady Arnold
SAN LEANDRO — A convicted felon who spent years in prison is back behind bars again. Grady Arnold, 57 of Oakland, was arrested this time on December 2 for robbing a bank.
Arnold is charged with robbing the U.S. Bank, located at 1585 East 14th Street in San Leandro. The robbery occurred on December 2 at 10:25 a.m. in the usual manner. The robber handed a bank teller a note demanding money.
The suspect walked out the front doors with an undisclosed amount of cash. San Leandro officers responding to the scene were not immediately able to locate him.
However, detectives and a crime analyst specialist quickly identified Arnold as the suspect. A key aspect of this investigation involved researching information culled from law enforcement databases.
“Crime analysis has become an essential tool,” said San Leandro police Lt. Ted Henderson in a prepared statement. “Crime analyst Denise Joseph solved what could have been a lengthy investigation in about two hours.”
San Leandro detectives located Arnold on the 5700 block of Foothill Boulevard in Oakland. He was taken into custody at 2 p.m. without incident. While being questioned by detectives he confessed to committing the bank robbery.
Arnold was booked into Santa Rita Jail, where he remains housed ineligible for release on bond. The Alameda County District Attorney’s Office charged Arnold with second-degree robbery on December 4.
Incidentally, Arnold has a criminal record for robberies and shootings dating back to the 1970s. He is presently scheduled to appear at the East Bay Hall of Justice on December 10 for a plea hearing.