THIRD-STRIKER TO BE ARRAIGNED FOR ROBBING TWO BANK OF AMERICA EMPLOYEES USING GUN AND FAKE BOMB AND STEALING $30,000

Orange County District Attorney
Press Release


Tony Rackauckas, District Attorney
401 Civic Center Drive West
Santa Ana, CA 92701

For Immediate Release
Case # 11CF0063


 



 

February 3, 2011

Susan Kang Schroeder
Chief of Staff
Office: 714-347-8408
Cell: 714-292-2718

Farrah Emami
Spokesperson
Office: 714-347-8405
Cell: 714-323-4486

THIRD-STRIKER TO BE ARRAIGNED FOR ROBBING TWO BANK OF AMERICA EMPLOYEES USING GUN AND

FAKE BOMB AND STEALING $30,000

*Defendant was coined the “Scanner Bandit” by FBI in

four prior federal bank robberies

 

SANTA ANA – A third-striker will be arraigned tomorrow for robbing two employees of an Orange Bank of America branch and stealing $30,000 in cash by threatening staff and occupants with a firearm and fake bomb. Gary Allen Reeder, 48, Santa Fe Springs, is charged with two felony counts of second degree robbery, one felony count of false bomb delivery, and one felony count of second degree commercial burglary, with sentencing enhancements for the personal use of a deadly weapon, the personal use of a firearm, and four federal prior convictions for 1992 Los Angeles bank robberies. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of 40 years to life in state prison. Reeder is being held on $1 million bail and is scheduled to be arraigned tomorrow, Feb. 4, 2011, at 10:00 a.m. in Department CJ-1, Central Jail, Santa Ana.  

 

At approximately 2:45 p.m. on Jan. 4, 2011, Reeder is accused of entering a Bank of America branch in Orange under the pretense of opening a checking account. He is accused of sitting down at a desk with a bank employee and opening a day planner containing what appeared to be a bomb. The bomb was later determined to be fake. Reeder is accused of threatening two employees that they had 30 seconds to provide him $30,000 in cash. As the employees went to the bank’s vault, Reeder is accused of lifting his shirt and showing a firearm to bank bystanders to dissuade them from moving. He is accused of stealing $30,000 by using force and fear, leaving the fake bomb on a desk, and fleeing on foot. Bank employees called 911.

 

The Orange County Bomb Squad, Orange Police Department (OPD), and Federal Bureau of Investigation responded to the scene and investigated the case. Reeder was apprehended on Jan. 7, 2011, by OPD at a hotel in Corona. At the time of his arrest, Reeder is accused of being in possession of $19,000 in marked bills. Reeder is accused of spending the stolen $11,000 on hotel rooms, rental cars, and other personal expenses.

 

Deputy District Attorney Israel Claustro of the Special Prosecutions Unit is prosecuting this case. 

 

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