San Ramon police make arrest in bank robbery

Wells Fargo incident appears unrelated to Bay Area 'Bearded Bandit' bank thefts, lieutenant says

Authorities have arrested a Bay Point man on suspicion of robbing the Wells Fargo Bank inside Nob Hill Foods in The Marketplace earlier this month, a San Ramon Police Department spokesman said Wednesday.

David M. Beardon, 23, remains in custody on a robbery charge at the Martinez Detention Facility. He was identified by San Ramon detectives based on information obtained when he went inside another bank March 1, the day before the robbery incident at the local Wells Fargo, Lt. Denton Carlson said.

Investigators do not think the San Ramon incident is related to the series of at least 11 bank robberies across the Bay Area and Northern California, including in Dublin, since Feb. 12 involving an unidentified man regional authorities have dubbed the "Bearded Bandit."

"It appears to be isolated and no evidence of any connection to the recent Bearded Bandit rash of bank robberies," Carlson said.

The lieutenant did not elaborate on where and when Beardon's arrest took place.

Police allege he had been at-large after walking to the grocery store bank counter at 130 Market Place around 3 p.m. March 2 and handing the teller a note, which demanded money and said he had a gun -- though no weapon was seen.

Carlson said Wednesday that less than $400 was stolen during the incident.

Police allege Beardon left the bank after the robbery and ran from the scene. A ground search involving a police dog, as well as an aerial search involving a Contra Costa County Sheriff's Office helicopter, ensued that afternoon but to no avail.

Editor's note: Information from the Bay City News Service was used in this report.

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