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Casino employee helps cops nab bank robber

24 February 2009

LINCOLN, California -- As reported by The Sacramento Bee: "In hindsight, maybe an Indian casino isn't the spot to celebrate a bank heist.

"A Thunder Valley Casino employee was presented with a $500 reward earlier this month after his tip led to the arrest and conviction of a local bank robber dubbed the 'Stuffed Shirt Bandit.'

"So named because of his practice of stuffing his shirt with his bank loot, Scott Stewart Singewald, 42, of Roseville, on Sept. 5 pleaded guilty to robbing seven Northern California banks.

"...After seeing media coverage of the Lincoln robbery in which a man wearing a dark hat and a loud Hawaiian shirt made off with $11,375, the tipster rushed back to work.

"'He just stuck in his mind from the day before,' said Dee Dee Gunther, a spokeswoman for the Roseville Police Department. 'There was something that just made him remember him.

"...Using casino surveillance footage, the unnamed tipster and casino staff identified the suspect's vehicle and turned over the information to the police..."

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