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‘Valentine’s Day Bandit’ pleads not guilty
March 01, 2014, 05:00 AM By Michelle Durand Daily Journal

Reginald Jones

The so-called “Valentine’s Day bandit” bank robber caught on surveillance video from a Burlingame Safeway about an hour before the heist had in his pocket at the time of arrest the Safeway Club card he was taped using at the store, according to prosecutors.

That detail helping link Reginald Sydney Jones, 62, to the Feb. 14 robbery of Bank of the West on Park Road in Burlingame and an earlier Jan. 10 bank robber in Millbrae were shared as the San Francisco resident appeared in court Friday afternoon.

Jones was arrested Feb. 20 at his San Francisco residence by authorities using the grocery store tape, bank video and DNA recovered from the fake gun used in the robberies.

On Friday, Jones pleaded not guilty to two counts of armed bank robbery and remains in custody on $750,000 bail.

Jones has prior bank robbery convictions in 1992 and 2009 so a new conviction could count as a third strike and carry a sentence of 25 years to life.

In this latest round, prosecutors say he robbed the Chase Bank on El Camino Real in Millbrae on Jan. 10 using the fake gun and a demand note. He escaped with $4,800.

On Feb. 14, a man robbed the Burlingame bank with a demand note but no gun. He left with $1,568, according to prosecutors.

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