SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — Police are searching for a robber who held up a bank blocks from City Hall and made off with thousands of dollars in cash Thursday afternoon, a police spokesman said.

Officers responded around 1:30 p.m. to a report of a robbery at the Redwood Credit Union at 1390 Market St., which is on the street level of the Fox Plaza mid-rise office and residential building at the corner of 10th Street.

Police spokesman Officer Albie Esparza said the scruffy-looking white man walked into the bank and verbally demanded the money from a teller, who did not see a weapon.

The teller complied, handing over several thousand dollars worth of U.S. currency, Esparza said.

The suspect, who was wearing loose jeans and a maroon shirt, walked out of the bank and fled the scene on foot. He was last seen possibly traveling west on Market Street, Esparza said.

Police are reviewing surveillance footage from both the bank and the building to refine the suspect description and possibly extract a still image of the man, who is about 6 feet tall and weighs 180 pounds.

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Comments (8)
  1. Kev says:

    Why would a teller have thousands of dollars in cash? I was taught when I was working as a teller, to have up to 1 to 2 thousand at most at a time. Won’t be surprised if the teller gets fired!

  2. abbaaries says:

    Yes ! Normally a teller has a max of 4K in the upper drawer n the remaining in the lower one which is always locked ! Hmmmmmm trouble round the corner for the teller I guess!

  3. mm says:

    Friend of the teller, that just so happened to have thousnd$ and thousand$ on hand??

  4. JRT says:

    I’m guessing the Occupy movement needed beer money… just sayin.

  5. dbarco says:

    If 7-11 can have a system of limiting cash on hand, why cant’t the banks?
    There used to be an automated system where only so much cash was available
    at any given time.

  6. Simon says:

    Different banks has different limits. There many other variables the public is not aware of. Unless you know that facts, your comments come off as half ass. Its never black and white.

  7. Rupert says:

    To the top 3 bozos that commented without first reading the article (because perhaps you can’t read)..PLEASE READ THE ARTICLE CAREFULLY BEFORE COMMENTING! Kev – no where in the article does it state she violated bank policies by carrying more money in her cashier drawer than allowed – I didn’t even know you could do that. Abbaaries – the article says several thousands (no amount specified) which means it could be between three to four thousand rendering your “argument” pointless. MM – layoff the blow and get a real job. Since all three of you profess to be “master tellers” and have all the answers, what do you suggest this teller should’ve done?? Not hand the money over during a holdup and therefore possibly endangering not just her life but of all those that are in the bank? Perhaps she should’ve ask to see his gun first before handing over the money right… as I’m sure that’s what you three gurus would’ve done.

  8. Buster says:

    You tellum, Ru!

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