monopoly_money.jpg According to a statement sent to media by the SFPD, there’s one less alleged bank robber on San Francisco’s streets this evening, after a man suspected of a Union street heist was arrested in a Tenderloin SRO today.

On February 7, says the SFPD, 29-year-old San Franciscan Lawrence Swick went into the Comerica Bank at 2001 Union Street holding a pizza box. Inside the box, the SFPD says, was a “demand note that he gave to the teller, ordering her to put cash inside the box.”

Which is what the teller did! The suspect then took off with the cash, box, and note, discarding the last two as he fled. The cops found the box and note and “with that evidence,” SFPD says, “officers were able to identify Swick, linking him to the robbery and to prior contacts with Tenderloin officers.”

Cops canvassed Tenderloin streets and residential hotels (commonly referred to as “SRO”s) with a picture of Swick, eventually discovering the suspect in his room, with, they say “additional evidence linking Swick to the bank robbery.”

He was arrested, and remains in custody, according to the SFPD.

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