Photo: Bryan K. Richardson
OAKLAND—A man staying at a motel has been arrested on suspicion of robbing several banks in the San Francisco Bay Area. He remains in custody in lieu of $510,000 bond, pending a plea hearing on February 14.
Bryan K. Richardson, 59 of Oakland, was arrested on a warrant by Berkeley police officers on January 30 at 7:48 a.m. Richardson was apprehended at the Capri Motel, located at 722 West MacArthur Boulevard in Oakland.
Richardson is the subject of ongoing investigations involving the FBI and local law enforcement agencies. Investigators determined Richardson was wanted for similar crimes by other Bay Area law enforcement agencies.
In January alone, Richardson is suspected of robbing three banks in Berkeley and one bank in Pinole. Fortunately, no injuries were reported involving any of these bank heists.
The most recent robbery occurred January 29 at a Mechanic’s Bank located in Pinole. The robber fled at 9:20 a.m. with an unspecified amount of cash, after handing a teller a note demanding money.
By then, Richardson was already suspected of committing at least three other bank robberies. Two different Mechanic’s Banks were robbed in Berkeley on January 14 and January 22, respectively. On January 27, a Wells Fargo Bank in Berkeley was robbed.
On February 3, Richardson was charged with four counts of second-degree robbery. He is presently being housed at Alameda County’s Santa Rita Jail, located in Dublin.
Richardson has a criminal record dating back to 1988, including prior convictions and prison sentences for bank robberies.