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San Ramon police link serial bank robber to Friday holdup

42-year-old transient believed to be connected to second local robbery, others in Bay Area

Police believe they have identified the culprit who robbed a San Ramon bank last week as the same man who is wanted in connection with other Bay Area robberies.

On Friday, the robber -- now believed to be as 42-year-old transient Matthew Joshua Gordon -- used a note and “an obviously fake” goatee to rob the US Bank branch inside the Safeway on San Ramon Valley Boulevard before escaping on foot, police said.

Readers may recognize Gordon as police's suspect in the April 11 robbery of Pacific Service Credit Union on Crow Canyon Place in San Ramon.

In addition to the two San Ramon robberies, investigators believe Gordon is also responsible for other robberies across the Bay Area, Lt. Cary Goldberg said.

After the April 11 robbery, police described Gordon as a transient who frequents the Bay Area and Washington state.

The man seems to have a preferred style, according to police. In both San Ramon robberies, he is reported by police to have used a note to demand money, at least alluded to having a firearm and escaped on foot.

Police describe Gordon as a white man in his 40s, standing 6-foot-2 with salt-and-pepper hair and weighing approximately 170 pounds. During the US Bank robbery, he was wearing black-rimmed glasses, a lavender dress shirt and gray striped tie, along with the fake, dark-colored goatee, according to police.

Anyone with information about Gordon or the cases in general can call police at 973-2700.

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