Keen Observation by Officer Leads to Arrest of Bank Robber

Modesto, CA- Modesto Police arrest Chase Bank robbery suspect after an observant patrol officer recognized the driver of a vehicle, as being the suspect in the earlier robbery.      

On Monday, September 24th at about 10:44 A.M., employees at Chase Bank, located at 2900 Standiford Avenue, reported a bank robbery.  The suspect entered the bank, approached a clerk and demanded money from the teller. Once the suspect obtained an undisclosed amount of currency, he fled the bank.  The suspect was last seen walking in the parking lot of the bank.  Investigators immediately broadcasted the bank robbery suspect description to its officers, to include disseminating color surveillance photos depicting the suspect.  The surveillance photos were also posted on the Department’s Facebook and Twitter accounts for public awareness.  

At about 2:48 P.M., a Modesto Police patrol officer driving in the area of Pearl Street and Kearney Avenue saw a truck being driven by Ronald Oliver a 64-year-old Modesto resident.  The officer recognized Oliver as matching the description of the bank robbery suspect.  Officers stopped Oliver, and through investigation, confirmed Oliver was in fact the bank robbery suspect from Chase Bank.

Investigators recovered evidence, including money from the bank robbery, in Oliver’s truck and on Oliver’s person.

“We are fortunate to have the technology in place, which allows our officers to quickly access essential information and aid them in their daily activities” said acting Captain Scott Heller, who is the Investigations Services Division Commander.  “This was a perfect example of how beneficial technology and intelligence sharing works well with patrol officers who are highly skilled in their observational abilities and possession of keen instincts.”        

Oliver was arrested for robbery and booked into the Stanislaus County Jail.