San Francisco bank robber convicted
By Tamara Barak, Bay City News
March 8, 2006
SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) - A federal jury convicted a San Francisco
man of robbing two banks in the city's Pacific Heights and Marina
neighborhoods, the United States Attorney's Office announced.
Shaun Roberts, 28, was found guilty on Thursday of two counts
of armed bank robbery and two counts of using a firearm in furtherance
of a crime of violence. The prosecution was the result of an eight-month
investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the San
Francisco Police Department.
According to the office of U.S. Attorney Kevin V. Ryan, the jury
deliberated a day and a half before reaching its decision. The
trial took place over four days.
Roberts was convicted of pointing a gun at tellers during a June
22, 2005 robbery of a Wells Fargo Bank at the corner of Fillmore
and California streets and an Aug. 1, 2005 hold-up of a Bank of
America at the corner of Chestnut and Pierce streets.
The jury also found the federal government was entitled to seize
the 1992 Cadillac Seville that prosecutors had alleged was bought
with proceeds from the Wells Fargo robbery.
Roberts was arrested following the Aug. 1 Bank of America robbery
after a teller placed a tracking device in the stolen money. Roberts
led police on a high-speed chase before being captured. Police
recovered nearly $12,000 from the Wells Fargo robbery and more
than $4,000 from the Bank of America robbery, the U.S. Attorney's
Roberts remains in federal custody. He will be sentenced May
18 in the U.S. District Court in San Francisco. According to the
U.S. Attorney's office, Roberts faces a maximum penalty of 25
years for each of the two counts of armed bank robbery, as well
as a mandatory minimum sentence of 32 years for using a firearm
in furtherance of a crime of violence.
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