A bank robbery suspect who was shot by a sheriff's deputy in Terra Linda was in stable condition Thursday as investigators continued trying to link him to a one-year spree of robberies in Marin.
Authorities declined to confirm the man's name Thursday while the investigation was in its earliest stages. Investigators were still working to contact numerous bank employees to identify the suspect's photo, so they do not want other images of him circulating in the media yet, said San Rafael police Capt. David Starnes.
Meanwhile, investigators from several law enforcement agencies served a search warrant at the suspect's home in Larkspur on Thursday, collecting bags of evidence for further analysis.
Residents said the man moved to the neighborhood about five years ago, worked in maintenance at a San Rafael shopping center and performed odd jobs for neighbors.
One neighbor reporting speaking to him on Wednesday morning, just hours before the shooting. The neighbor said he was outside pouring water into his silver Saturn and trying to get it running.
"He was always looking for money," the neighbor said. "He never seemed to have enough money."
The neighbors also said the man had Wednesdays and Sundays off at his maintenance job. Many of the robberies in the alleged crime streak were committed on Wednesdays.
The suspected robbery streak began Dec. 12, 2012, and included 11 banks in Greenbrae, Mill Valley, Corte Madera, San Anselmo, San Rafael and Novato. The suspect was known for wearing black gloves, dark-framed eyeglasses and a knit cap with earflaps, although he later switched to a dark baseball cap.
On Wednesday morning, a robber struck the Bank of the West branch at 1313 Grant Ave. in Novato. A witness reported seeing a silver Saturn leave the area, setting off a police search along Highway 101.
A short time later, authorities spotted the car and chased it into San Rafael. The chase went to Las Gallinas Avenue, where the suspect crashed into a pole near the Northgate mall.
The driver ran from the car with a gun drawn, and a sheriff's deputy shot him.
The suspect was taken to Marin General Hospital and remained there Thursday.
The San Rafael Police Department is conducting the independent investigation into the shooting by the sheriff's deputy. The deputy's name has not been released.
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