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05 Feb 12 Oakland man dubbed ‘chrome revolver bandit’ in Bay Area crime robbery spree …


An Oakland man dubbed the “chrome revolver bandit” for the pistol he allegedly used during a Bay Area robbery spree faces 37 felony charges that include a count of mayhem.

Ricky Renee Sanders, 34, was arraigned in San Mateo County Superior Court on Wednesday, but didn’t enter a plea to the charges, said chief deputy district attorney Karen Guidotti. He’s being held without bail.

He’s suspected of hold ups in Santa Clara, San Francisco and San Mateo counties, including a robbery gone wrong in San Mateo that left a Petsmart worker with a gunshot wound.

The employee survived, but the bullet severed an artery in his leg.

Sanders is charged with the robbery or attempted robbery of a Beverages More as well as a Game Stop store in Colma.

He’s also accused of the Oct. 8 holdup at a San Mateo Petsmart store, prosecutors said.

Police say the San Jose robbery finally led them to Sanders. He allegedly left behind a fingerprint that investigators used to identify him.

Contact Joshua Melvin at 650-348-4335.

Article source: http://www.insidebayarea.com/ci_19880256?source=most_viewed

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03 Feb 12 Man dubbed ‘chrome revolver bandit’ in Bay Area crime robbery spree faces 37 …


An Oakland man dubbed the “chrome revolver bandit” for the pistol he allegedly used during a Bay Area robbery spree faces 37 felony charges that include a count of mayhem.

Ricky Renee Sanders, 34, was arraigned in San Mateo County Superior Court on Wednesday, but didn’t enter a plea to the charges, said chief deputy district attorney Karen Guidotti. He’s being held without bail.

He’s suspected of hold ups in Santa Clara, San Francisco and San Mateo counties, including a robbery gone wrong in San Mateo that left a Petsmart worker with a gunshot wound.

The employee survived, but the bullet severed an artery in his leg.

Sanders is charged with the robbery or attempted robbery of a Beverages More as well as a Game Stop store in Colma.

He’s also accused of the Oct. 8 holdup at a San Mateo Petsmart store, prosecutors said.

Police say the San Jose robbery finally led them to Sanders. He allegedly left behind a fingerprint that investigators used to identify him.

Contact Joshua Melvin at 650-348-4335.

Article source: http://www.mercurynews.com/san-mateo-county-times/ci_19880255

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03 Feb 12 'Chrome revolver bandit' charged with 37 felonies


A parolee suspected of committing dozens of Bay Area robberies using a chrome revolver has been charged with 37 felony counts in San Mateo County Superior Court.

In the most serious case, Ricky Renee Sanders, 34 — known as the “chrome revolver bandit” because of the silver-barreled revolver he allegedly used in some of the holdups — is accused of shooting a store clerk while robbing a PetSmart store in San Mateo on Oct. 8, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office.

The employee was shot in the leg and survived, but suffered a severed femoral artery, prosecutors said.

Investigators believe Sanders is linked to as many as 30 armed robberies or attempted robberies in at retail businesses around the Bay Area. The crimes include holdups at a BevMo in Colma, a GameStop in Colma, and businesses in San Francisco, San Jose, Daly City, Redwood City and Fremont, prosecutors said.

Sanders was arrested in November after he allegedly left a fingerprint at a San Jose PetSmart store during an armed robbery on Oct. 30, according to the district attorney’s office.

Sanders appeared in court to be arraigned Wednesday on 16 counts of robbery with a firearm, five counts of attempted robbery, six counts of assault with a firearm, nine counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm and one count of mayhem.

As a third-strike defendant, Sanders faces life in prison if convicted.

He is expected to enter a plea in court in Redwood City on Tuesday.

Article source: http://www.ktvu.com/news/news/chrome-revolver-bandit-charged-37-felonies/nHSPd/

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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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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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