Robber Filmed Stealing Bank Deposit Bag May Be Targeting Asians During Lunar New Year in the Bay Area

Alameda robbery

A man recently stole a bank deposit bag in Alameda, California after breaking into his victim’s car and almost getting caught.

The incident reportedly occurred in the parking lot of the restaurant Vietnam House at around noon on Tuesday.


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In a video of the incident, the hooded suspect can be seen breaking into the victim’s car and reaching for the gray deposit bag inside.

A friend of the victim tries to keep the suspect from running away by shutting the door on him.

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Unfortunately, the robber managed to grab the bag and flee. He ran to a nearby car that was waiting for him.

The thief might be targeting Asian Americans who are celebrating the Lunar New Year and carrying cash on them, the victim told ABC7 News reporter Dion Lim.

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Alameda police are now working with neighboring cities to identify the suspect. The thief might be involved in other cases — on the same day of this robbery, another Asian man was assaulted and robbed while trying to deposit money in San Leandro.

Alameda PD told Nextshark: “We are thankful that the victim was not injured, unfortunately the victims vehicle was damaged, and property was stolen. In this case, the suspect may be related to other similar thefts throughout the East Bay; therefore, we are releasing very limited information to protect the integrity of the investigation.”

“We are encouraging the public to please contact the Alameda Police Department with any information that may lead to the identification and arrest of the person responsible for crime – 510-337-8340. They need to be held accountable for their actions.” 

Earlier this month, a 70-year-old woman was also robbed on her way home from a bank in Oakland. Whether these incidents are linked is yet to be determined. Anyone with information is urged to call 510-337-8340.

NextShark has reached out to the Alameda Police for further comment and will update this article accordingly.

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