Merced PD: Cash falls out of bank robbery suspect's pants

Shawn Lee Canfield, 25.

A man was arrested on suspicion of robbing a bank in Merced Saturday afternoon.

Merced police say Shawn Lee Canfield, 25, walked into the Chase Bank inside the Raley's grocery store on G Street and Yosemite Avenue around 1:40 p.m. and handed the teller a card demanding cash. Authorities say the teller handed over $2,748, and the suspect took off.

Officers say they were responding to the scene and caught up with Canfield near G Street and El Portal Drive as he was trying to shove money down his pants. The teller was taken to that location and positively identified him as the suspect.

As detectives walked Canfield upstairs at the station, police say money started falling out of his pant leg, and a total of $2,414 was collected. During police questioning, the suspect was asked to stand up and an additional $334 fell out of his pant leg, according to authorities.

Investigators say Canfield admitted to the bank robbery and said he needed the money to get to Colorado to visit his mother.

Canfield was arrested and booked into the Merced County Jail for robbery and burglary.


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