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Suspected bank robber found on bus bench -- a block away from bank

September 3, 2011 |  9:56 am

bank robbery suspect When a bank is robbed, local law enforcement and the FBI scour a large portion of the region for suspects. Sometimes that's not necessary.

A bank robbery suspect was arrested this week in San Diego -- sitting on a bus bench a block away from one of the banks he is suspected of robbing a day earlier.

Thomas Roy Amado, 49, was arrested on suspicion of robbing a Chase Bank branch and a Comerica Bank branch in a 15-minute spree on Wednesday. He was sitting a block away from the Comerica branch when he was arrested Thursday.

Police say an officer on the beat spotted him and noticed he fit the robbery suspect's description: bushy white hair, about 50 years old, wearing black pants and a black polo shirt with a red logo on the pocket, and carrying a white plastic bag.

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-- Tony Perry in San Diego

Photo: A man suspected of robbing two banks is shown in a surveillance photo. Credit: FBI

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