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Alleged serial bank robber nabbed by Roseville police

Rocklin officer helps city's detectives close case
By: Scott Thomas Anderson, Editor
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Area bank tellers may be breathing a sigh of relief this afternoon, after Roseville and Rocklin police officers teamed up to arrest Randy Wesley Penny — suspected of robbing two U.S. Bank branches last week.

Roseville police spokeswoman Dee Dee Gunther said a break in the investigation came after detectives released surveillance photos of their suspect in the Jan. 22 robbery at the U.S. Bank inside the Safeway on Sunrise Avenue. As investigators worked to identify the man in the images, another robbery occurred at the U.S. Bank branch inside the Safeway on Woodcreeks Oaks Boulevard.

Gunther said detectives soon received a tip from “someone who had seen the surveillance photos and recognized the robber.” 

According to police, that tip helped identify Penny, a 31-year-old resident of Antelope, as the main suspect. Evidence also allegedly links Penny to two car thefts in the Sierra Gardens area of Roseville, as well as a car theft in Antelope.

Gunther said around 1:40 a.m. today a Rocklin police officer on patrol located and arrested Penny. The suspect was booked into the Placer County Jail on robbery and auto theft charges.  His bail was set at $155,000.   

Roseville police statistics released last week show that armed robberies, strong arm robberies and all forms of bank robberies nearly doubled from 2011 to 2012.