As robbery sprees go, Tuesday’s foray up and down the 24/680 moved the needle toward “unusual” for a woman packing a suspected canister of Mace along with an apparent taste for frozen yogurt.
Witnesses reported a white female in a Nike sweatshirt inside the Union Bank branch at 3191 Danville Boulevard in Alamo around 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, real estate agents in an office overlooking the bank noting her hurried departure from the area – apparently with a couple of thousand dollars she had just withdrawn from the bank.
Deputy Sheriffs, assisted by the Danville Police Department, immediately launched an investigation. The Crime Lab responded to the location.
During the investigation, 37-year-old Chelsea Michelle Smith of Fairfield, was identified as the suspect. Sheriff’s Office Detectives determined she was in the City of Fairfield and notified the Fairfield Police Department, which detained her.
Detectives later responded to Fairfield and arrested Smith who was then booked into the Martinez Detention Facility on a first degree robbery charge. She was being held in lieu of $100,000 bail. Smith has since bailed out.
Smith appears to be linked to two other robbery incidents that occurred at two yogurt stores in Contra Costa yesterday. One was in Pleasant Hill and the other was in Martinez.
The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with any information on this case is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office Investigation Unit at (925) 313-2600. Tips could be emailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org or call (866) 846-3592 to leave an anonymous voice message.