Police Say Lake County Man Admits To North Bay Bank Robberies

SANTA ROSA (CBS SF) — A Middletown has admitted robbing banks in Santa Rosa, Corte Madera and American Canyon, a Santa Rosa police sergeant said Tuesday.

Keith Robert Kenton, 47, admitted robbing the Westamerica Bank at 424 Farmers Lane in Santa Rosa on Oct. 5, the First Community Bank in Corte Madera on Oct. 25 and the US Bank in a Safeway store in American Canyon on Nov. 3, Sgt. Steve Fraga said.

Santa Rosa police placed Kenton under surveillance after the Napa County Sheriff’s Office informed them Kenton was identified on Nov. 10 as the suspect in the American Canyon bank robbery, Napa County sheriff’s Capt. Tracey Stuart said.

On Nov. 15, Santa Rosa police followed Kenton from a hospital where he visited his girlfriend. He was arrested for the Santa Rosa robbery after sheriff’s deputies disabled his car near Westside Road and West Dry Creek Road in Sonoma County, Fraga said.

During an interview that day, Kenton admitted to Santa Rosa police that he robbed the three banks, Fraga said.

The FBI is investigating the robberies and considering federal prosecution because Kenton has served time for bank robbery, Fraga said.

The Corte Madera bank at 137 Corte Madera Town Center was robbed at 5:38 p.m. by a mustached man wearing a knit cap and construction boots, according to Twin Cities police.

The robber approached a teller and demanded money, and the teller handed over an undisclosed amount of cash. The suspect then fled with the money, police said.

The suspect in the American Canyon robbery gave a teller a note stating he had a gun. He demanded money and fled the store.

Stuart said someone called Napa Valley Crime Stoppers and identified Kenton as the suspect. The sheriff’s office then notified Santa Rosa and other police agencies that were investigating bank robberies, Stuart said.

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  • dbarco

    If he was the suspect, why trail him all over istead of arresting him ASAP? Did they want him to do another robbery so that they could “catch him in the act”?
    Did they not factor in the potential for personal harm if he did so? Or what if an off duty cop was present and tried to arrest him?

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