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San Francisco Sheriff’s Deputy Arrested For Bank Robbery

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SAN FRANCISCO (CBS/AP) — A San Francisco sheriff’s senior deputy has been arrested for allegedly robbing $1,700 from a bank earlier this month.

San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón says 36-year-old Philip Chun Tong was arrested Friday on suspicion of robbing a Bank of America branch in the city’s Richmond District. Tong has been charged with one count of robbery and one count of burglary.

Prosecutors say Tong entered the bank at 4:47 p.m. Nov. 7, gave a demand note to the teller indicating he was armed and left after he got the money. Police investigators identified Tong as the suspect through surveillance video and fingerprints on the demand note.

Surveillance showed a man with a baseball cap and sunglasses holding a stack of cash.

Gascón says Tong’s alleged conduct is “deplorable and will be met with serious consequences.”

Sheriff’s spokesman Susan Fahey said Tong will be suspended once he’s formally charged and will be placed on unpaid leave. He joined the department in September 2005, she said.

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