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Redwood City Veteran, Douglas Mitchell Taylor, Gets One-year Jail Sentence For Robbing Bank

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A veteran who robbed a Redwood City bank in January was sentenced today to a year in county jail and three years’ probation, according to San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe.

Douglas Mitchell Taylor, 55, entered a Wells Fargo Bank on Broadway Street in Redwood City on Jan. 10 and handed the teller a note indicating someone had abducted his daughter and he needed money to pay the ransom, Wagstaffe said.

The teller filled Taylor’s bag with $5,600 in cash while triggering a silent alarm, Wagstaffe said.

Police were waiting for Taylor by the time he left the bank and arrested him, the district attorney said.

Taylor, a Boulder Creek resident, was an unemployed former teacher and electrician living in his RV at the time of the robbery, Wagstaffe said.

Taylor pleaded no contest to second-degree robbery on March 17. He has credit for 192 days served of his one-year jail sentence, Wagstaffe said.

He will also have to pay restitution in an amount yet to be determined, Wagstaffe said. His case has been referred to Veterans Treatment Court, which helps connect veterans in the criminal justice system with services through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

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