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Press Release: Bank Robbery
Agency: Palm Desert Sheriff
Station Area: Palm Desert
Written Date: June 17, 2019 Time: 9:30 PM
Incident Date: June 17, 2019 Time: 4:41 PM
Incident Location: 78000 Block of Fred Waring Drive, Palm Desert
Reporting Officer: Deputy Mike Vasquez, Public Information Officer
File Number(s): T191680087

Update:

On Wednesday, June 19, 2019, Investigators and deputies from the Palm Desert and Thermal Sheriff’s Stations continued the investigation of the bank robberies that occurred at Rabobank, located on the 41900 block of Cook St., on June 14th; and Pacific Premier Bank, located on the 78000 block of Fred Waring Dr., on June 17th. 

During this investigation Christopher Franco, 43 of Indio, was identified as a suspect of both robberies.  At about 8:30 PM, Christopher Franco, was arrested in the 83500 block of Indio Blvd., Indio, and later booked into the Riverside County Jail.

Christopher Franco

No additional suspects are sought in connection with these robberies, however the Palm Desert Sheriff’s Station asks anyone with information regarding the incident to contact Investigator Jose Munoz at (760) 836-1600.

Citizens may also submit a tip using the Sheriff's CrimeTips online form.

Details:

On Monday, June 17, at 4:41 PM, deputies from the Palm Desert Sheriff Department, responded to the report of a bank robbery at a business within the 78000 block of Fred Waring Drive, in the city of Palm Desert. Within minutes, deputies arrived and confirmed the reports of a robbery.

The investigation revealed possible Caucasian or Hispanic race male entered the business, demanded money, and fled the location with an undisclosed amount of cash prior to deputies’ arrival. No citizens or bank staff were injured during the incident.

Deputies conducted a widespread search of the area, but did not locate the suspect. He was last seen wearing a black hat, dark colored jacket or sweater, a white t-shirt, and blue jeans. He is approximately 5’8” and has a medium or average build. He is believed to be between 30-40 years old was wearing eye glasses during the incident.

The Palm Desert Sheriff’s Station is asking anyone with information regarding the incident to contact investigators at 760-836-1600.

Citizens may also submit a tip using the Sheriff's CrimeTips online form.

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