Oakland Man Charged in Connection with Series of Alameda County Bank Robberies

Oakland resident Naikano Tuipulotu, 30, has been charged in connection with a string of bank robberies that occurred in Alameda County dating back to October of last year. Tuipulotu was apprehended on Wednesday and appeared in federal court in Oakland the following day, according to a statement released by the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Tuipulotu faces one count of bank robbery, which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in federal prison and a fine of up to $250,000. The charges stem from three successful bank robberies and two attempted bank robberies that took place between October 23 and January 13, as outlined in an affidavit attached to the criminal complaint.

In each instance, the suspect presented a handwritten note claiming possession of a firearm and demanding cash. Tuipulotu’s fingerprints were discovered on the notes left at the crime scenes, providing crucial evidence against him. The affidavit also highlighted additional incriminating evidence, including a matching tattoo on his right hand and license plate reader data capturing his vehicle traveling to and from at least one of the bank robbery locations. Furthermore, shoes found at Tuipulotu’s residence matched those worn by the suspect.

The crime spree began on October 23 with an attempted robbery at a Chase Bank in San Leandro, followed by a successful robbery at a Bank of the West. Subsequent incidents occurred on November 9 at a Patelco Credit Union in Hayward and on January 6 at a Citibank in Fremont. Finally, an attempted robbery was reported on January 13 at a Wells Fargo in Hayward. The total amount stolen during the successful robberies amounted to $1,790, according to the affidavit.

It is worth noting that Tuipulotu had previously been convicted of bank robbery in 2017, resulting in a 10-year prison sentence. However, he was released in March of last year. At the time of the recent crimes, Tuipulotu was on active parole under the supervision of the California Department of Corrections.

Author: CrimeDoor

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