Redwood City passive bank bandit gets 1 year in jail 

click to enlarge Pedestrians walk past a First Republic Bank branch in San Francisco, California, U.S., on Thursday, Dec. 9, 2010. A First Republic Bank branch in Redwood City was robbed earlier this year. - DAVID PAUL MORRIS/BLOOMBERG VIA GETTY IMAGES
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  • Pedestrians walk past a First Republic Bank branch in San Francisco, California, U.S., on Thursday, Dec. 9, 2010. A First Republic Bank branch in Redwood City was robbed earlier this year.

A bank bandit who passed a Redwood City teller a nonthreatening demand note earlier this year was sentenced last week to a year in County Jail and three years of probation, after pleading no contest to felony robbery in June.

The note that Marco Antonio Rubio-Baez handed to the teller at First Republic Bank at 776 El Camino Real on April 1 stated that the employee had "five minutes" to give Rubio-Baez cash. But Rubio-Baez also made it clear in the note that he had no intention of hurting the teller, San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said.

After the heist, the teller reportedly triggered an alarm and also followed Rubio-Baez out of the bank, keeping police apprised of his whereabouts over the phone before officers arrived.

Rubio-Baez was arrested at the nearby Caltrain station and found in possession of $4,000 in cash, Wagstaffe said. Police said he also had a small bag of methamphetamine.

Rubio-Baez apologized for the robbery, Wagstaffe said. He reportedly was going to send some of the money to his mother in Mexico and use the rest for bills.

The passive bandit won't be in jail much longer. During his sentencing Friday, he received 289 days' credit for time served.

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