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02 Feb 12 ‘Chrome-revolver bandit’ facing life


The so-called chrome-revolver bandit, named for the large silver revolver used during a multi-city robbery spree, was charged yesterday with mayhem and 36 other felonies for allegedly shooting in the leg a San Mateo pet store cashier he’d encountered in a previous holdup of the same business.

Prosecutors say Ricky Renee Sanders, 34, shot the worker deliberately during the brazen nighttime robbery of PetSmart on Oct. 8. The bullet severed his femoral artery, leaving him with long-lasting effects.

“This is a very dangerous guy,” said prosecutor Morris Maya.

The intentional and malicious disabling of a human being led to the mayhem charge which was formally filed along with multiple counts of first-degree robbery, assault with a fire arm, attempted robber and being a felon with a firearm. Sanders was originally charged with attempted murder but prosecutor Maya amended it to mayhem because it requires jurors to believe he intended to, at a minimum, disable but not necessarily kill the victim.

“It’s a given when you fire a gun that’s a likely result,” Maya said.

However, coupled with the gun use, the charge potentially delivers the same life sentence.

Sanders robbed the PetSmart at 3520 El Camino Real in August and returned Oct. 8 when he shot the same 34-year-old male cashier with a silver revolver. Sanders also allegedly robbed or attempted to rob a Beverages and More in Colma, a GameStop in Colma and other businesses in San Francisco and Santa Clara counties. Authorities estimate he may have committed more than 30 similar robberies throughout the Bay Area.

Sanders was “reasonably sophisticated” in the robberies, preferring to seek out end-of-day receipts rather than cash registers, Maya said.

Authorities apprehended Sanders in Alameda County and fingerprints collected from the Oct. 30 armed robbery of a San Jose PetSmart linked him to the local cases. He was arrested in November but held in Alameda County before his transfer here for prosecution.

Sanders, a parolee and third-striker, did not enter a plea to the charges at his arraignment yesterday and requested a court-appointed attorney. He returns to court Feb. 7 and remains in custody without bail.

Michelle Durand can be reached by email: michelle@smdailyjournal.com or by phone: (650) 344-5200 ext. 102.

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23 Nov 11 ‘Chrome Revolver Bandit’ suspected in dozens of Bay Area armed robberies


A distinctive chrome revolver possibly used in dozens of robberies throughout the Bay Area, including one where a San Mateo pet store clerk was shot, led police to the arrest of an Oakland man, police said.

The appropriately if somewhat uncreatively named “Chrome Revolver Bandit” was taken into custody in Alameda County on Nov. 7, according to San Mateo police Sgt. Dave Norris.

A multi-jurisdictional investigation is still ongoing. In the meantime, 34-year-old Ricky Sanders remains in the custody of Alameda County on a parole hold, according to San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe.

Police in five Bay Area counties have been working to link Sanders to more than 30 robberies in over a dozen cities this year, including San Francisco, San Jose, San Mateo, Daly City, Colma, Redwood City, Pacifica, San Bruno, Fremont, San Leandro and Mountain View, Norris said. He said in a statement that all the robberies “involved a similar method of operation and suspect description” and had been becoming increasingly violent.

“Apparently he was somewhat prodigious in his work,” said Wagstaffe.

Sanders is suspected in “a half dozen or more” robberies in San Mateo County alone, according to Wagstaffe. Charges will be filed in that county first, he said.

On Oct. 8, a gunman entered the PetSmart store at 3520 S. El Camino Real in San Mateo, demanded cash and then fired several shots at a 34-year-old sales clerk, hitting him once, according to police. Paramedics arrived quickly and the man’s life was saved.

Norris said information sharing with other local law enforcement established that robbery as part of the “chrome” series. Sanders was later identified as the suspect, he said.

Then, on Oct. 30, the gunman struck at another PetSmart, this time in San Jose, Norris said. A fingerprint recovered from that crime scene matched that of Sanders, he said.

aburack@sfexaminer.com

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23 Nov 11 ‘Chrome Revolver Bandit’ arrested, connected to 30 robberies


A man suspected of committing more than 30 robberies all over the Bay Area has been arrested, San Mateo County officials announced Monday.

Ricky Sanders, a 34-year-old Oakland resident, was arrested Nov. 7 after two law enforcement agencies simultaneously identified him as a suspect in two Petsmart robberies — one on Oct. 30 in San Jose and another on Oct. 8 in San Mateo in which a clerk was shot.

Sanders was arrested in Alameda County and remains in custody, San Mateo County officials said.

Authorities said Sanders is a suspect in dozens of armed robberies dubbed the “Chrome Revolver Bandit” series for the trademark weapon used in the crimes.

Investigators said they believed that the series involved more than 30 robberies in cities including San Francisco, San Jose, Daly City, Redwood City, Fremont, and San Leandro, according to San Mateo County officials. The crimes occurred throughout this year.

After discovering similarities in how the robberies were carried out and in the suspect descriptions, investigators from multiple jurisdictions formed a task force to identify a suspect.

While investigating the Oct. 30 armed robbery at the Petsmart in San Jose, police collected a fingerprint that led them to identify Sanders as a suspect, San Mateo County officials said.

San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said Tuesday morning that Sanders was being held in Alameda County on a parole violation and that the crimes remain under investigation.

Wagstaffe said charges had not yet been filed as of Tuesday, but that San Mateo County prosecutors would be the first to do so once the investigations wrap up.

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23 Nov 11 ‘Chrome Revolver Bandit’ Accused In String Of Bay Area Robberies


OAKLAND (CBS SF) – A man suspected of committing more than 30 robberies all over the Bay Area has been arrested, San Mateo County officials announced Monday.

Ricky Sanders, a 34-year-old Oakland resident, was arrested Nov. 7 after two law enforcement agencies simultaneously identified him as a suspect in two Petsmart robberies—one on Oct. 30 in San Jose and another on Oct. 8 in San Mateo in which a clerk was shot.

Sanders was arrested in Alameda County and remains in custody, San Mateo County officials said.

Authorities said Sanders is a suspect in dozens of armed robberies dubbed the “Chrome Revolver Bandit” series for the trademark weapon used in the crimes.

Investigators believe that the series involved more than 30 robberies in cities including San Francisco, San Jose, Daly City, Redwood City, Fremont, and San Leandro, according to San Mateo County officials. The crimes occurred throughout this year.

After discovering similarities in how the robberies were carried out and in the suspect descriptions, investigators from multiple jurisdictions formed a task force to identify a suspect.

While investigating the Oct. 30 armed robbery at the Petsmart in San Jose, police collected a fingerprint that led them to identify Sanders as a suspect, San Mateo County officials said.

San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said this morning that Sanders is being held in Alameda County on a parole violation and that the crimes remain under investigation.

Wagstaffe said charges have not yet been filed, but that San Mateo County prosecutors will be the first to do so once the investigations wrap up.

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Article source: http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2011/11/22/131170/

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23 Nov 11 ‘Chrome Revolver Bandit’ suspected in dozens of Bay Area armed robberies


A distinctive chrome revolver possibly used in dozens of robberies throughout the Bay Area, including one where a San Mateo pet store clerk was shot, led police to the arrest of an Oakland man, police said.

The appropriately if somewhat uncreatively named “Chrome Revolver Bandit” was taken into custody in Alameda County on Nov. 7, according to San Mateo police Sgt. Dave Norris.

A multi-jurisdictional investigation is still ongoing. In the meantime, 34-year-old Ricky Sanders remains in the custody of Alameda County on a parole hold, according to San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe.

Police in five Bay Area counties have been working to link Sanders to more than 30 robberies in over a dozen cities this year, including San Francisco, San Jose, San Mateo, Daly City, Colma, Redwood City, Pacifica, San Bruno, Fremont, San Leandro and Mountain View, Norris said. He said in a statement that all the robberies “involved a similar method of operation and suspect description” and had been becoming increasingly violent.

“Apparently he was somewhat prodigious in his work,” said Wagstaffe.

Sanders is suspected in “a half dozen or more” robberies in San Mateo County alone, according to Wagstaffe. Charges will be filed in that county first, he said.

On Oct. 8, a gunman entered the PetSmart store at 3520 S. El Camino Real in San Mateo, demanded cash and then fired several shots at a 34-year-old sales clerk, hitting him once, according to police. Paramedics arrived quickly and the man’s life was saved.

Norris said information sharing with other local law enforcement established that robbery as part of the “chrome” series. Sanders was later identified as the suspect, he said.

Then, on Oct. 30, the gunman struck at another PetSmart, this time in San Jose, Norris said. A fingerprint recovered from that crime scene matched that of Sanders, he said.

aburack@sfexaminer.com

Article source: http://www.sfexaminer.com/blogs/law-and-disorder/2011/11/chrome-revolver-bandit-suspected-dozens-bay-area-armed-robberies

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