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Three months after serving 11 years in federal prison for bank robbery, 47-year-old Oakland resident Booker Ross was arrested Monday morning in connection to two bank robberies in San Leandro. At 10:20 a.m., police responded to a report of a bank robbery in progress at Fremont Bank at 1480 East 14th St. The suspect, later identified as Ross, was seen wearing a dark colored wig and a white shirt, walking toward San Leandro Downtown Plaza, police said.
Police saw Ross holding the wig in his hand and an envelope containing a note advising bank employees that he was robbing the bank.Ross was detained at the intersection of West Estudillo and Hays streets and positively identified by witnesses, police said.Police determined Ross entered the bank wearing the wig and presented the note, but Ross fled the bank before he was able to get any money.
Police believe Ross also robbed a San Leandro Citibank on the same street May 22. During that robbery Ross wore a similar disguise and provided the teller with a note stating that he was robbing the bank. Ross was able to obtain cash and then flee the area without being located. Ross was on federal parole for the bank robbery he committed 11 years ago.
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