The three-strikes robbery defendant nicknamed the “chrome revolver bandit” for the large silver weapon used during a multi-city crime spree and the shooting of a San Mateo pet store clerk was convicted of multiple felonies including 17 counts of armed robbery.
Jurors deliberated three days before also convicting Ricky Renee Sanders, 36, of eight counts of being a felon in possession of a weapon, five counts of assault with a firearm, seven counts of false imprisonment, five counts of attempted robber, one count of making threats and one count of mayhem. A judge also found true his prior felony convictions and criminal strikes and that he committed the new felonies while on parole. Sanders, who is in custody without bail, will be sentenced April 25.
Prosecutors say Sanders robbed the PetSmart at 3520 El Camino Real in August 2011 and returned Oct. 8, 2011, when he shot the same 34-year-old male cashier with a silver revolver. The bullet severed his femoral artery, leaving him with long-lasting effects.
Sanders also allegedly robbed or attempted to rob a Beverages and More in Colma, a GameStop in Colma and other businesses in San Francisco and Santa Clara counties. Authorities estimate he may have committed more than 30 similar robberies throughout the Bay Area. Authorities apprehended Sanders in Alameda County. Fingerprints collected from the Oct. 30, 2011, armed robbery of a San Jose PetSmart linked him to the local cases.
He maintained his innocence during the 23-day trial.