11/16/2012

SF deputy arrested on bank robbery charge

The officer is accused of giving the teller a handwritten note demanding an unknown amount of money and fleeing with the money

By PoliceOne Staff

SAN FRANCISCO — A Sheriff’s deputy was arrested Friday after surveillance video allegedly revealed him as the robber of a Bank of America branch.

Phil Tong, 36, is accused of giving the teller a handwritten note demanding an unknown amount of money and then fled the bank once she complied.

Tong was booked on suspicion of second-degree robbery and second-degree burglary, both felonies, spokeswoman Susan Fahey told SF Gate.

Tong has been with the Sheriff's Department since 2005 and worked most recently in the custody division, Fahey said.

If prosecutors charge Tong, he will be placed on unpaid leave, Fahey said.

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