Police catch Amazon vest-wearing robber in Fairfield


Police investigate a robbery at a Chase Bank branch in Fairfield on Thursday, July 14, 2022. (Photo by Nicholas Wilson for Solano NewsNet)

The Fairfield Police Department apprehended a man who allegedly robbed a bank while wearing an Amazon work vest last month.

The suspect, 22-year-old Theo Mwithi of Rio Vista, was arrested on Tuesday after he tried to rob the same bank again while wearing the same outfit, according to information provided by the police department.

Last month, Solano NewsNet was the first news outlet to report on the robbery that occurred at the Chase Bank branch on North Texas Street. There, police received a report that Mwithi handed a note to a teller demanding money, with a threat to shoot people inside the branch if he did not get what he wanted.

On that day, Mwithi made off with an unknown sum of money, according to a police spokesperson. The agency launched an investigation into the matter; it was not clear if they identified Mwithi as their suspect by name in the weeks that followed.

On Tuesday, police received a call from the same bank of a robbery in progress. There, Mwithi reportedly tried to repeat his alleged crime, handing the bank teller a note demanding money. He was wearing the same Amazon work vest that was worn in the earlier alleged crime, according to a social media post by the police department.

Officers Brendan Bassi and Drake Wiest responded to the scene within a short time of receiving the robbery call. There, they located Mwithi attempting to leave the bank; he was less than 20 yards from his getaway vehicle when the arrest went down, according to police.

Police searched Mwithi's pockets and reportedly discovered the robbery note inside one of them. He was taken to the Solano County Jail and booked on two felony counts of robbery.

Police say they are not releasing any additional information about the alleged crimes, as the investigation is still ongoing.

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