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Authorities Link Attempted Robbery at Union Bank in Strawberry to Greenbrae Robbery

Sheriff’s officials say surveillance footage indicates that suspect, a middle-aged white man, was involved in both Tuesday evening and Jan. 9 incidents.

Surveillance footage from an attempted robbery of Union Bank in Strawberry Village Tuesday evening have led law enforcement officials to link the incident to an earlier bank robbery in Greenbrae.

At approximately 5:40 p.m. Tuesday, Marin County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the Strawberry Village shopping center to a report of an attempted bank robbery at Union Bank, according to Sheriff’s Lt. Jamie Scardina.

Bank employees told deputies that the suspect walked up to the teller, and handed over a note demanding money, Scardina said. But after several minutes, the suspect ran out of the bank without any money, he added.

Scardina said no suspect vehicle was spotted and employees saw no weapon on the suspect. There were no injuries reported.

The suspect is described as a white adult male, approximate 40 to 50 years old, with medium build, light-colored eyes and light facial hear. He was wearing a brown knit cap with ear flaps, a green jacket, black leather gloves and dark pants. The image at right is from Union Bank’s surveillance camera

The image has led deputies to link the incident to the Jan. 9 robbery of a Union Bank in Greenbrae.

According to the Marin Independent Journal, six banks have been robbed in Marin Since Dec. 12, including two branches in San Rafael, two in Greenbrae, one in Novato and the one in Mill Valley. A suspect was arrested in connection with one of the San Rafael robberies, and the other cases remain under investigation.

The Union Bank branch in Strawberry was robbed in March 2011, just two months after it opened, in a takeover-style heist that saw the four suspects ditch one getaway car and take off in another, authorities said.

If you wish to provide a crime tip on this case, call the Sheriff’s Office at 415-479-2311. To remain anonymous and possibly become eligible for a cash reward, call Bay Area Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS.

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