San Francisco plaid-clad bank heist suspect denies charges 

click to enlarge Career criminal Donald Booth, 68, allegedly robbed four banks in the Financial District. (Courtesy photo) - CAREER CRIMINAL DONALD BOOTH, 68, ALLEGEDLY ROBBED FOUR BANKS IN THE FINANCIAL DISTRICT. (COURTESY PHOTO)
  • Career criminal Donald Booth, 68, allegedly robbed four banks in the Financial District. (Courtesy photo)
  • Career criminal Donald Booth, 68, allegedly robbed four banks in the Financial District. (Courtesy photo)

San Francisco bank tellers can breathe easier now that a plaid-clad serial robber with a violent past is locked up, prosecutors said.

Soon after being let out of prison, career criminal Donald Booth, 68, allegedly robbed four banks in the Financial District, District Attorney George Gascón said at a news conference Tuesday. The heists happened from June 10, 2010, to Oct. 6 of this year, he said.

In court Tuesday, Booth pleaded not guilty to 10 felony charges. The FBI claims he admitted to three of the four robberies. He remains in custody on $1.1 million bail.

Booth was dubbed the “Plaid Bandit” because he allegedly wore plaid shirts during the first two heists.

He also has known violent-crime convictions from 1973 to 1981 for which he served separate sentences of 10 and 20 years, prosecutors said.

Booth is slated to return to court for a prehearing conference Nov. 30.

 

Locations hit

  • Oct. 6, 2011: East West Bank, 555 Montgomery St.
  • July 27, 2010: US Bank, 201 Montgomery St.
  • June 21, 2010: City National Bank, 150 California St.
  • June 10, 2010: Bank of the West, 505 Montgomery St.
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