Police Looking for Information on New Year’s Eve Bank Robber

An armed man fled an Alameda Wells Fargo Bank with an undisclosed amount of cash after he robbed the bank on New Year’s Eve.

Police arrived at the bank, located at 2260 Otis Drive near South Shore Center, at 10:35 a.m., according to Alameda Police Department (APD) Chief Paul Rolleri.

None of the seven individuals inside were harmed during the robbery, mostly because it was a quiet operation. Police say the suspect entered the facility, walked up to a teller, pulled out a gun and demanded money, without making much of a scene.

"No one witnessed the robbery," said APD Lt. Jill Ottaviano. "The suspect must have been pretty stealth about it."

After the robbery, the suspect left the bank and fled in a white motorcycle with blue trim. Police do not know the make and model of the vehicle.

Ottaviano said police could not get a clear description of the suspect’s face in the bank’s surveillance video they have seen, but are searching for more video.

The bank was previously robbed in June of last year, according to APD records; however, there were no other robbery reports since 1996.

APD does not see a pattern with bank robberies on New Year’s Eve. There has not been a reported bank robbery in Alameda on New Year’s Eve the last 10 years.

Anyone with information about the New Year’s Eve bank robbery is asked to call APD at 337-8340.