A Fairfield woman was arrested on suspicion of robbing a bank in Alamo on Tuesday morning, according to the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office.
Deputies allege Chelsea Michelle Smith, 37, also appears to be linked to two other robberies in the county on Tuesday, one in Pleasant Hill and another in Martinez.
The investigation in Alamo began after a woman robbed the Union Bank branch at the corner of Danville Boulevard and Stone Valley Road around 11:07 a.m. Tuesday, according to the sheriff’s office. The robber absconded with cash after threatening a teller.
Sheriff’s deputies, assisted by the Danville Police Department, quickly launched an investigation with on-scene help from the crime lab, officials said.
Further investigation led detectives to identify Smith as their prime suspect, according to the sheriff’s office. Detectives determined she was in her hometown and notified the Fairfield Police Department, which detained her.
Sheriff’s detectives then traveled to Fairfield, placed Smith under arrest and booked her into the Martinez Detention Facility on suspicion of first-degree robbery. She was being held in lieu of $100,000 bail but she later posted bond.
No further details were released about the reported robberies in Martinez and Pleasant Hill.
The sheriff’s office investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information about the case can contact the investigations unit at 313-2600. Tips can also be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 866-846-3592 to leave an anonymous voicemail.