A 20-year-old man arrested in connection with five East Bay bank robberies is also the suspect in a bank robbery in Alameda, police say.
Amanuel Moreno of Oakland admitted he was behind the robberies, telling investigators that he needed money to feed his family, police said. He allegedly robbed one North Oakland bank twice.
While Moreno is suspected of robbing a Chase Bank in Alameda on Dec. 6, he has not admitted his involvement in that heist, police said.
Investigators say the robberies happened Jan. 16 and Dec. 6 at the Bank of the West, 4900 Telegraph Ave., in North Oakland's Temescal district; the U.S. Bank in San Leandro on Dec. 18; the Chase Bank in Union City on Dec. 18; and a Wells Fargo branch in Hayward on Dec. 13.
A former security guard, Moreno presented demand notes to tellers and occasionally indicated he was armed with a gun, police said. No weapon was ever seen, however.
A dye pack included in the cash stolen Dec. 6 in the Bank of the West robbery exploded. Moreno told police he had put the money in a plastic bag which prevented him from getting doused with the dye, authorities said.
The same branch was robbed on three other occasions in December but no arrests have been made in those cases.
Oakland police Officer Nick Calonge said an Oakland police officer recognized Moreno from a Bank of the West surveillance photograph and he was arrested Jan. 25 at his home on 38th Street.
Moreno was also arrested for robbery in 2011 but in a plea deal was convicted of grand theft in March 2012 and placed on probation, authorities said.
He is currently being held without bail.
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 23 DRUG PARAPHERNALIA -- Police arrested a man, 36, about 2:25 a.m. in the 1200 block of Park Street on suspicion of possessing narcotics paraphernalia. PETTY THEFT -- A customer at Safeway at Alameda South Shore Center placed groceries in shopping cart and then exited the store without attempting to pay for the items, police said. It happened just before 11 a.m. COMMERCIAL BURGLARY -- A commercial burglary was reported about 11:20 a.m. in the 600 block of West Ranger Avenue. The burglar is believed to have entered the front door via an adjoining business. IDENTITY THEFT -- A resident of the 2200 block of Santa Clara Avenue reported identity theft about 1:40 p.m., police said. The thief used the victim's personal information to make online purchases. Identity theft was also reported about 7:40 p.m. in the 500 block of Creedon Circle, where someone used the victim's personal information to apply for an online loan, police said.
THURSDAY, JAN. 24 SUSPICIOUS CIRCUMSTANCES -- A school resource officer at Encinal High School interviewed two students after coming across photographs that showed them posing with a handgun. The incident was reported at 6 p.m.
FRIDAY, JAN. 25 RECOVERED STOLEN VEHICLE -- A vehicle that was reported stolen in San Leandro was recovered about 6:30 p.m. in the 300 block of Willow Street.
SATURDAY, JAN. 26 BURGLARY -- Someone entered a laundry room of a building in the 1200 block of Regent Street and attempted to steal money from a coin-operated machine, police said. The attempt was reported about 9:45 a.m.
SUNDAY, JAN. 27 BURGLARY -- Someone entered a laundry room of a building in the 1400 block of Willow Street and stole quarters from a coin-operated dryer in what police are classifying as a burglary. The theft was reported at 1:05 p.m. VEHICLE THEFT -- A vehicle was reported stolen just before 6 p.m. in the 2200 block of Santa Clara Avenue. DRUNKEN DRIVING -- Police arrested a man, 25, about 11:30 p.m. on suspicion of drunken driving about 600 block of Rock Isle after he allegedly fled an accident scene.
MONDAY, JAN. 28 VEHICLE THEFT -- A vehicle was reported stolen about 3:30 p.m. in the 2100 block of Otis Drive.