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Midday Bank Robbery Remains Under Investigation
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Officers from Riverbank Police Services and Stanislaus Sheriff’s deputies gathered to investigate a robbery at the local Wells Fargo branch about 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 16. The inquiry continued through the rest of the day, forcing bank doors to remain closed to the public. Ric McGinnis/The News
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A surveillance photo from the Wells Fargo Bank in Riverbank shows one of the masked robbers leaping over a counter; the thieves fled with an undisclosed amount of cash. Photo Courtesy Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department

No arrests have been reported yet and Riverbank Police Services officers continue to investigate an armed robbery that occurred at the Wells Fargo Bank in the Crossroads Shopping Center in Riverbank.

Police said that shortly after 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 16 there were numerous calls regarding suspects wearing masks carrying firearms entering the bank. The suspects, wearing hoodies and sunglasses that covered their faces, fled with an undisclosed amount of cash. A witness reported that there was a shot fired by one of the three suspects outside. Deputies, Detectives, Modesto Police officers, and California Highway Patrol were also on scene to assist in the search for the robbery suspects.

The vehicle that the suspects were in was stolen and as they left the scene they hit a bicyclist on Oakdale Road and Freddie Lane. The bicyclist was transported to the hospital with moderate injuries.

According to police, the suspects abandoned the first vehicle on Hannah Court and another vehicle was then utilized, reported to be a black four door sedan, possibly a newer model Lexus. The vehicle had front end damage, police said, with that information from a citizen who followed the suspects and tried to block them in.

There were no injuries reported at the bank during the robbery; the same bank was also the scene of a robbery last May.

Authorities said this is an ongoing investigation and anyone with information can call Riverbank Police Services Detective Brandon Silva at 209-863-7136 or Stanislaus Area Crime Stoppers at 209-521-4636. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward. Tips also can be submitted at