UPDATE x2: Bank Robbery at Bank of the West in Walnut Creek

February 29, 2012 12:01 pm · 84 comments

We’re getting several reports of a bank robbery in Walnut Creek.

Police haven’t released any details, but we’re hearing the crime occurred in the area of N. California Blvd. at about 9:30am, and the suspect was a black male.

We’ll post more information when it’s available, including the exact location.

UPDATE: Witnesses are saying the bank that was robbed was the Bank of the West on N. California Boulevard near Pringle Avenue in downtown Walnut Creek.

UPDATE #2: The following information is from the Walnut Creek PD:

On February 29, 2012 at about 9:30 AM the below suspect entered Bank of the West on California Blvd. and demanded cash from the teller. The suspect was given an undisclosed amount of money from the teller and then fled the bank. He was last seen walking northbound on California Boulevard. No weapons were seen. Officers searched the area, but were unable to locate the subject.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call WCPD at 925-943-5844.

1 anonamom February 29, 2012 at 10:44 AM

News of police patrol cutbacks travels fast!

2 Whatchutalkinbout February 29, 2012 at 10:49 AM

Well we know it wasn’t Jarmar, Javance, Zinquesha or Maurice..

3 Flappy McGee February 29, 2012 at 10:51 AM

@ anonamom, Too bad they announced they are adding police patrols, it’s their traffic division that is getting cut back. Maybe you should invest in a critical reading course, it is clear it’s not your strongest subject.

4 Steph February 29, 2012 at 10:58 AM

What bank was it? Thank god my bank is in Washington..

5 Anon February 29, 2012 at 11:03 AM

Anonamom #1
Those “cutbacks” are not officially in force; they’re just suggestions as to what MIGHT happen if a new budget cuts too deeply.

6 anonamom February 29, 2012 at 11:06 AM

Ah, shucks! I’ve hurt Slappy’s feelings.

7 Sarah February 29, 2012 at 11:12 AM

@flappy….. Make you feel like a bigger person to attack someone on the Internet? And maybe you should read the topic and start commenting appropriately, didn’t know it read ” people with nothing better to do please leave your rude fellow citizen attacking non subject comments here”

8 Cowellian February 29, 2012 at 11:13 AM

I thought they had already arrested the black male who was robbing banks.

9 Barbara February 29, 2012 at 11:17 AM

Let me guess … Bank of the West? Again?

10 Yum Yum February 29, 2012 at 11:17 AM

Bank of the West off of Pringle Ave. The same bank that’s robbed all the time! I work across the street and saw 9 police cars at the scene for about an hour. They are all gone now!

11 xoxo February 29, 2012 at 11:22 AM

Those “cutbacks” are not suggestions. They go in effect next Sunday.

12 Anonymous February 29, 2012 at 11:26 AM

Pretty sure it was Bank of The West. They are closed due to an emergency and their ATM is down as well.

13 Randome Task February 29, 2012 at 11:29 AM

said it ounce and will say it till this area actually does something and sees what is going on ….this area is becomeing Oakland with robberies and shootings dailey …crime has climed at a steady pace as of 2 years ago and now is reaching the escalation point where in the very near future it will boil over and be out of control so much that by then when people get up in arms as to why and what to do …it will be too late. This is why the 2nd amendment exists …..better get with the times because it will prob be your door they break down and by then it will be too late….dont be a victim and dont wait for the crime to surpass the line of no return …..get on your officials and bother them with the fact that your fed up allready and to get some sort of thing going more police better police …mandatory 25 years for the use of a firearm in the commision of a robbery …something to slow down the losers who are allready planning their next heist and or home invasion …keep watching there will be another and another just like its been for the past year and this year count em …its feb and allready we have shootings and bank robberies and still the arrests are few and far between and the hits keep comeing …make your voice heard before it doesnt matter anylonger

14 Dude February 29, 2012 at 11:32 AM

#2 and #5

Really? That’s all you have? You sure you don’t want to enhance your comments with further stereotyping?

Mayor, I’ll be the first to admit my commenting isn’t always nice, but are racially insensitive comments fair game? Because I can go there…

15 North Gate Rose February 29, 2012 at 11:32 AM

Sadly this is the price we all pay for being located next to Concord. My prayers go to those who were involved.

16 listening to advice February 29, 2012 at 11:38 AM

If two people you don’t know each write a paragraph giving advice, and one or them misspells 5 words per sentence, and the has no spelling errors, which person’s advice will you take?

17 Anonymous February 29, 2012 at 11:38 AM

Anonamom probably isn’t far from reality. Sooner or later we’ll be like San Jose where if you’re not bleeding out or if someone doesn’t have a gun to your head then you just hop online to report your crime…Which people like Flappy should appreciate since thy have nothing better to do than sit online an attack people. Go get a job, pay your taxes and maybe that tax money just might contribute to saving your local police department dummy.

18 of February 29, 2012 at 11:38 AM


19 @Dude February 29, 2012 at 11:42 AM

#2 is saying that we know it was none of the people whose names were listed in prior Claycord articles as just being arrested for other crimes.

20 Flappy McGee February 29, 2012 at 11:43 AM

Lol @ Northgate Rose, it’s the other way around, unfortunately concord has to be near walnut creek. Concord at least voted for a tax hike to increase police funding rather than forcing drastic cutbacks. It is Walnut Creek and their lovely night clubs bringing all these ruffians in to begin.

21 Long time Concord resident February 29, 2012 at 11:46 AM

Hey, Concord didn’t have a bank robbed today. Don’t make Walnut Creek’s problems Concord’s fault. If you don’t like it, move. I’ll bet you when arrested, this guy isn’t even from Concord.

22 Dan February 29, 2012 at 11:48 AM

Black male suspect again. Not surprised!

23 CaliNative February 29, 2012 at 11:51 AM

@Dude –

There was nothing racist about my comment. Look back at the recent posts regarding robberies… What was the description of 99% of the suspects? Black male… When it’s the truth it’s not just making stereotypical comments. And my other comments about the tattoo on his neck and being a moron has nothing to do with race. Quit being a overly sensitive prick…

24 Josh February 29, 2012 at 11:51 AM

I laugh at all the rich white people who think Concord is bad, and that WC is getting bad. What a joke. Crime isn’t rising its always been there, you just didn’t have online updates about every semi-major crime in the area. This area is becoming Oakland? Too bad all the murder rates of Claycord combined wouldn’t add up to half of Oaklands.

25 Erik February 29, 2012 at 11:54 AM

Cowellian, # 8…

there is definitely more than one of them….lol

North Gate Rose # 15…

Seriously? These robberies are Concords fault?!…another big LOL

26 Palermo February 29, 2012 at 11:54 AM

WHY don’t the banks in this area have bulletproof glass to protect the employees and cut down on all these robberies, it’s ridiculous

27 Radar February 29, 2012 at 11:58 AM

Wow that was my bank!

28 Bishop Estates February 29, 2012 at 12:00 PM

@ #15 Really? You must live in a bubble if you think Concord or any other City is to blame. The problem is the morally corrupt society in which all live.

29 Dude February 29, 2012 at 12:11 PM

#19, the original comments were removed, so now it looks like I was talking about the list of names.

#23, while yes, I am indeed both sensitive (long walks on the beach, and all that) and a prick (if the shoe fits), I didn’t say you were “racist.” I don’t know you and I don’t know if you’re a racist. So I can’t speak on it. I said the comments were “racially insensitive,” which they were. I didn’t have a problem with the neck tattoo comment, but your comment elicits an image of someone hearing a crime occurred, and before learning about the suspect, the person thinks, “I bet he was x.” Everyone knows stereotypes are out there. Some people (is that you?) feel a need to perpetuate them as though it positively contributes to society, and some (Wait… I think this might be me) don’t. I can’t change the way you think, so if that’s what jumped to your mind when you read the story, keep thinking it. What’s the benefit of typing it out into a comment though? I mean, I guess since you were one of at least 3 to do it, maybe you’re onto something… Hmm…

30 The Authority February 29, 2012 at 12:13 PM

He most certainly crossed the street and jumped the fare gate at the Walnut Creek BART station in order to free-ride back home on a west-boud train…

31 Nutcreekton February 29, 2012 at 12:20 PM

It must a member of the police union in a disguise.

32 Your WC Friend February 29, 2012 at 12:23 PM

That does it, I am submitting a request that the WC City Council builds a wall between WC and Concord to keep these Concord thugs out of our great city.

I plan to have them submit 50% of the cost of said project to the Concord City Council.

For the last time, keep your thugs in Concord in your own thug loving city. LEAVE US ALONE!

33 micheLLeS February 29, 2012 at 12:36 PM

@ Your WC Friend: Lame.

34 Craig Cannon February 29, 2012 at 12:38 PM

All the racism. People constantly complaining about it. If you scroll down this blog, even as a non-racist I can see how it’s easy to get angry seeing the folks in the photo’s. It’s also hard to imagine no one would have witnessed this fine Gentleman leaving the bank in that outfit in a business area of Walnut Ceek, when most at this time of day are in shirts, suits, ties, etc. And no gun?

35 Ryan February 29, 2012 at 12:50 PM

Dammit! Another bank robbery by one of those pesky white guys in a polo shirt! When will it end?

Ooops, my bad.

36 maximus prime February 29, 2012 at 12:52 PM

@ North Gate Rose…………you are a tool, why don’t you go rot at Nordstroms?

37 anon February 29, 2012 at 12:58 PM

@ WC friend. No please! Don’t build a wall. How am I supposed to get to the weekly drunken street brawls of Walnut Creek? I’m not worried, WC is broke so even if Concord wanted to pay for half of your stupid wall, WC could not afford it.

38 Anon February 29, 2012 at 12:59 PM

The Irish are running amok as usual

39 shuley February 29, 2012 at 1:00 PM

robbery in Concord…suspects apprehended
robbery in walnut creek…suspects at large
robbery in Concord…suspects apprehended
robbery in walnut creek…suspects at large
robbery in Concord…suspects apprehended
robbery in walnut creek…suspects at large
robbery in Concord…suspects apprehended

notice a pattern?

40 some guy February 29, 2012 at 1:00 PM

Is that the bank robber costume from the sprite store?

41 um,okay, why than February 29, 2012 at 1:02 PM

I fail to understand why a small city like Walnut Creek that has stores such as Coach, Nordys, Tiffanys and now a Nieman frickin’ MArcus can not generate enough tax revenue to employ an aedequate police force? What kind of backroom deals are preventing this city from supporting itself? Yet we keep allowing the same idiots on the city council approve more and more housing units under the guise that they will be “affordable.” Even before the latest bar brawls, when did you ever see a Walnut Creek police officer out during daylight hours?

42 Patrick February 29, 2012 at 1:06 PM

let me guess he was black??? but of course.

43 BetterLaws February 29, 2012 at 1:09 PM

Fyi. This is not Concord vs. WC. Our country and soceity is diseased.

44 Oddball February 29, 2012 at 1:09 PM

Banks need a rule that all sunglasses and hats (including hoodies) must be removed prior to entrance. Failure to adhere to these rules will result in the PD being called.

45 Outsider February 29, 2012 at 1:16 PM

I laugh at the pure thought of citizens of Concord and Walnut Creek Bickering over who is better. Rich white people of northgate and the middle class of concord fighting over crime and race. Maybe having a small town feel is much better for a community that one Rich White one who think thugs live in Concord. Thugs live in everyones backyards and come in all shapes and colors.

46 ronanon February 29, 2012 at 1:30 PM

He’s a mark as soon as he walks in the door . At 9:00 am with shades on
an overcast day. Needc tom pay attention to your surroundings.

47 Screwy Louie February 29, 2012 at 1:36 PM

@Palermo #26
Every bank I’ve been in, Located that close to a freeway, has
always had the highest security measures in place.
You’re right, it IS ridiculous.

side note: Claycord stories + pictures = Jokes writing themselves.

48 Elwood February 29, 2012 at 1:37 PM

Concord’s getting a bad rap on here.

Suspect is most likely from Gun Point or Antioch rather than Concord

49 CaliNative February 29, 2012 at 2:07 PM

@Dude –

It article already said the suspect was a black male. I wasn’t jumping to any conclusions, I was commenting on the information given.

50 V February 29, 2012 at 2:27 PM

@Oddball #44… There are a few banks, mine included, that have signs posted on the door that say Sunglasses and hats must be removed upon entering the building. Some banks are even asking people to silence cell phones and remove bluetooth ear pieces upon entering as well.

51 Pleasant Hill Resident February 29, 2012 at 2:28 PM

Not a bad idea, Oddball… Something that simple, just might be what it would take to make them think a little…Most stores won’t let you bring your backpacks or bags in, You have to leave them at the door. Why not banks!

52 anonamiss February 29, 2012 at 2:37 PM

To the “build a wall” anarchists, not everyone that lives in Concord is a thug or a criminal. Just like Walnut Creek doesn’t have endless inhabitants with money and an education.
So are we going to wall off every town. county, state, that doesn’t appeal to your prissy sensitivities?
Wish we could wall off your stupid @$$ comments…..

53 ALPHA BETA February 29, 2012 at 2:54 PM

I think the banks that get robbed all the time should have a stash of monopoly money that they fill the bags with.

54 kj#2 February 29, 2012 at 3:23 PM

@ngr north gate rose the smell of horseshit must smell better in walnut creek than concord it has affectted your brain get out of your bubble

55 Small Picture February 29, 2012 at 3:43 PM

Give us a bigger picture to look at, I might recognize hims

56 golfman February 29, 2012 at 4:14 PM

What happened to the exploding packets of money they use to hand out to these fine customers?

57 TinFoiler February 29, 2012 at 5:20 PM

REALLY?!?! Somebody didn’t hit the panic button as soon as this cat walked through the door? Or are tellers trained to keep their heads down and not be aware of their surroundings? Or maybe the teller didn’t want to be called……..wait for it……………………………….


58 Nutcreekton February 29, 2012 at 6:02 PM

Re: um of, why than;

Walnut Creek can afford all the cops it wants. The City Council makes the choice to spend it elsewhere. Over $20 million dollars per year on the arts for example. It is not about pay or tax dollars. It is a matter of priorities. Public Safety is very high on the list, it just happens to be second to the arts. Crazy huh.

59 Let's Stop Reporting These... February 29, 2012 at 6:19 PM

…until banks do more to protect their customers and their money.

If a bank wanted to stop robberies, they could install bulletproof glass, use a double door entry system or hire security. Some banks already do that.

The banks say they want look friendlier, but this guy isn’t doing anything to help their case.

60 Triple Canopy February 29, 2012 at 7:00 PM

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Second Jive Dude: Hey home’, I can dig it. Know ain’t gonna lay no mo’ big rap up on you, man!
First Jive Dude: I say hey, sky… subba say I wan’ see…
Second Jive Dude: Uh-huh.
First Jive Dude: …pray to J I did the same ol’ same ol’!
Second Jive Dude: Hey… knock a self a pro, Slick! That gray matter backlot perform us DOWN, I take TCB-in’, man!
First Jive Dude: Hey, you know what they say: see a broad to get dat booty yak ‘em…
Second Jive Dude: …leg ‘er down a smack ‘em yak ‘em!
First Jive Dude: COL’ got to be! Y’know? Shiiiiit.

61 The Professor February 29, 2012 at 7:02 PM

This is the same bank that gets robbed at least twice per year. It’s close to BART and also right next to an on-ramp to 24. If memory serves me, almost every guy who they catch comes out of Bay Point, Pittsburg, or Antioch.

B of T W must have huge insurance costs for this branch. I go there often and there is minimal security. Any loser can walk in, stick a gun in a teller’s face, demand $, get paid, run out to his car, and be on the freeway on his way home in 60 seconds, max. This has nothing to do with WCPD and their cutbacks and everything to do with easy $ for assholes.

Shoot first and let God sort them out.

62 G February 29, 2012 at 7:05 PM

Banks are in business to make money, not spend it on security. They will spend money on a rent a fuzz to make sure only customers park in their parking lot but that’s about it.
Until customers make it clear by moving their accounts nothing will change.

63 bob February 29, 2012 at 8:12 PM

ok im going to keep score,what race is doing the crime for 2 weeks blacks 1

64 mika February 29, 2012 at 9:01 PM

I didn’t see a black hoodie this time!!

65 sargeant pepper February 29, 2012 at 10:49 PM

ok everybody, next time you read about a bank robbery here, spread the word. If you visit your bank let them know so they can be on the lookout for suspicious activity and be prepared. Since there are Police cutbacks, citizens need to stand up and be proactive against crime. Make it begin with you!

66 CN March 1, 2012 at 3:59 AM

Hey #62, I’ve thought of that too, bullet proof double doors. You can rob the bank but you can’t get out. Kinda like the roach motel.

Banks ought to pair up branches to share security and entrances.

#16. 1) Never you and 2) the person with misspelling.

67 I'm a black man March 1, 2012 at 7:29 AM

Seems us “black men” are the poster child for bank robberies. These black men are coming from Oakland for sure, as most banks in Oakland have bullet proof glass, security with guns, locked doors. It’s time for us blacks to get an education, not be loud and rude in public and when dining out at restaurants, leave a 15% TIP for service. Us blacks are notorious for not leaving any TIPS, basically blacks don’t believe in tipping and I’m guilty of that!!

68 Nick March 1, 2012 at 7:44 AM

@CN, alot of these banks definitely need better security but, there is one problem with the roach motel idea. I liked it at first but that would lead to a hostage situation every time. The bank is better off letting the money go than risking the lives of customers and employees. It really is ridiculous how so many banks in this area just flat out refuse to become more security conscious.

69 What Security March 1, 2012 at 9:40 AM

Security Guards Please!!!! Everywhere from the mall to the banks are bunch of retired guys hoping to make it to next year! and pray they have enough money for medical bills and food.. All of them are underpaid.

Hire real security guys Gung Ho armed types. X military guys for starters.
let the old dude mentor kids or help out in the community. Not ripping on the older dude just saying…

70 What Security March 1, 2012 at 9:52 AM
71 What Security March 1, 2012 at 9:59 AM

Am I being brain washed because the both the social media is brain washing me to be affraid of he followin
Everyone who is not white
people who wear hoodies and baggy pants.
cars with a rim size 20
people who support obama, because they are communist
people who want health car for us US Cit. because it destroy America
the color RED and or BLUE
walking after 6pm
public schools
catholic schools
global warming
Good lord….. Come one people I understand but good god sometime we just have to live and leave the rest up the powers that be.

72 J. Vasquez March 1, 2012 at 10:23 AM

How can you claim to moderate these comments? There are an incredible number of racist comments that you have approved for this story. It has become blatantly obvious that you are as racist as the readers of your blog.

73 SomeGuy March 1, 2012 at 11:37 AM

Kudos to all the “I can’t believe he’s Black” posters!. in Q2 of 2011, of the identifiable persons involved. Blacks committed 6% more financial institution robberies, burglaries, larcenies than White folks. And you quickly spotted the difference and made a comment! Very impressive!
However you missed one. Of the identifiable persons 92% were men, 7% were women. And yet you only spotted, or chose to mention, the much smaller Black/White difference.
Hey, I think I just spotted something!

74 Everyone is entitled to an opinion March 1, 2012 at 12:22 PM

@JVasquez—if the comments bother you, how about you don’t read them? Go find a place where racism is non-existent and let me know what it’s like.

75 What Security March 1, 2012 at 12:23 PM

by golly it’s not a black guy its Old man Jenkins the bank manager.
Arrrr. I would have gotten away with it if it wasn’t for you claycordians lurking around..


76 What Security March 1, 2012 at 12:34 PM

I’m being robbed every month by insurance companies
insurance for the
IRA for insurance for $$ when and if I get to retire
my 1.00 after all the bills leaves me maybe .30 LOL
my family served in every war in the usa and what do we get not even a city job LOL

77 @ I'm a black man March 1, 2012 at 5:14 PM

It’s nice to hear a perspective coming from a black man. I just wish there was more vocal protesting from the black community on how these young men’s futurs are being ruined with the foolish choices they feel they have to make. Why?
Where is Jesse Jackson and other black leaders on this subject??
It’s really depressing to see so many young men with the potential for greatness, succumbing to the stereotype.

78 Antler March 1, 2012 at 5:55 PM

G at #65 ~ ~ ~ When my Sunvalley branch of Bank of America was robbed, they had installed bulletproof glass to protect their employees within 10 days. I think the answer is for cities to close down any bank which refuses to do the same.

79 CJ March 1, 2012 at 7:23 PM

@J. Vasquez:
If someone asked you to list some commonalities amongst the perpetrators of the majority of violent crimes reported on Claycord, what would that list look like?

80 Nick March 1, 2012 at 8:44 PM

Oh for Pete’s sake, this thread and topic in general is starting to make me sick and dizzy. Just because someone points out that all of these crimes reported lately are perpetrated by blacks does not mean that they think all black folks are bank robbers. We have a photo of a black man in the act of robbing a bank. It is not racist to “assume” that this bank heist was committed by a black man. WE CAN SEE HIM ON CAMERA! He is black…he robbed a bank. No one is racist for recounting the facts. Get over it, you self-righteous, “my baby don’t hurt nobody” bleeding heart, sensitive idiots. I’m over it. We will all be what we are. If you don’t like someone’s opinion, do something positive in your life to change it.

81 mileena March 1, 2012 at 8:56 PM

#5 Steph:

“What bank was it? Thank god my bank is in Washington..”

Learn to read. Bank of the West is right in the blog headline.

82 What Security March 2, 2012 at 10:07 AM

Tips to know… who would have known


83 What Security March 2, 2012 at 11:01 AM

When police work was done by flat foot

84 What Security March 2, 2012 at 2:30 PM

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