Fifty-six-year-old arrested for Auburn bank robbery

Man was resident of Half Moon Bay
By: Bridget Jones, Journal Staff Writer
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A man who allegedly robbed an Auburn bank and nine others in California was arrested Wednesday. Mono County Sheriff’s deputies arrested John Robert Alexander, 56, of Half Moon Bay, in Bridgeport after a several-month-long investigation by 13 law enforcement agencies. On Aug. 27 Alexander allegedly robbed the Bank of America on High Street in Downtown Auburn. He was then connected to nine other robberies in the Bay Area and Placer County, including Rocklin and Roseville. The first robbery occurred June 2 in Mountain View. Alexander had been called the Posse Box Bandit. A Posse Box is a brand and type of clipboard that has a storage compartment connected to the board. According to Auburn Police Investigator Scott Alford, the Roseville Police Department received a lead that Alexander, who had been staying in the Auburn area, was a suspect in the robberies. The San Jose Police Department issued a warrant for Alexander’s arrest after it was discovered he was living in Half Moon Bay, Alford said. Alexander was arrested without incident, according to Alford. He was booked into Mono County Jail and is now being held in custody in Santa Clara County, Alford said. Police are not currently releasing Alexander’s booking photo, because it could interfere with victims identifying him in a photo line-up process, Alford said. Alford said Alexander would be charged with 10 counts of bank robbery, a felony. Alford said information on items found upon Alexander’s arrest, including the Posse Box and black Raiders cap worn during multiple robberies, would be available soon. The cooperation of the 13 law enforcement agencies is what led to Alexander’s arrest, Alford said. “That is one of the great things about law enforcement,” he said. “The more we share information, the more successful we can be in investigations like this.” Reach Bridget Jones at