Monday evening Burlingame police officers made a key observation that led San Mateo police detectives to the arrest of 52-year-old transient Gerald Myer, for last week's bank robbery at the Downtown Wells Fargo Branch.
Following the Oct. 1 bank robbery, SMPD put information out both to the public and to our Bay Area partner law enforcement agencies to make them aware of the case, and asked for help in identifying the suspect.
Local police agencies utilize a robust information flyer network, and hold regular virtual and in-person investigation meetings to share information about ongoing cases.
Monday, just before 5 p.m., Burlingame police were on the scene of a medical call involving an intoxicated female at the Vagabond Inn in Burlingame. During their incident, Burlingame police recognized a male subject on scene who matched the description in the downtown San Mateo bank robbery, along with some evidence items linking him to the crime (hat and wig).
The "detonation device" detectives believe was brandished in the bank robbery was also located, and determined to be a non-operational replica. They identified this subject as Gerald Myer, and quickly notified SMPD.
SMPD Detectives were able to match the suspect and evidence up to the Wells Fargo Bank robbery. Detectives Myer and booked him into San Mateo County Jail on Bank Robbery and related charges.