A man armed with a bomb-like device robbed a bank in downtown San Mateo yesterday but not before his image was captured in a photograph as he used the reflection in a nearby business door to check his disguise, according to police.
The suspect was holding a silver cylinder wrapped in duct tape with a red button on it in one hand while passing a note to a teller in another, according to police.
He fled the Wells Fargo on Fourth Avenue at San Mateo Drive just after noon and was last seen headed toward Central Park, according to police.
No one was injured and it is unknown whether the detonating device brandished in the crime was real or not, according to police.
Responding officers conducted an extensive check of the area but were unable to locate the suspect.
During a canvass of downtown, officers discovered that the suspect, however, was captured in a photograph as he checked his disguise.
The suspect was wearing a white T-shirt with a logo on the pocket and a dark ball cap with what appeared to be a blond wig with a ponytail attached, according to police.
Based on witness accounts, the suspect may be bald or have very short hair and he escaped with an undisclosed amount of cash.
He is further described as a middle-aged white man, about 5 feet 8 inches tall with a heavy build.
Police are also working to obtain and evaluate any more video surveillance downtown that may have captured his image.
Police are encouraging anyone who may spot the suspect not to approach him since he may be armed.
Anyone with information regarding the bank robbery is encouraged to contact San Mateo police at 522-7650.
The secret witness line is 522-7676. An anonymous text can be sent to 262-3473.
(650) 344-5200 ext. 106