San Jose police report that the man allegedly responsible for a series of bank robberies throughout the South Bay has been arrested.
Police believe 45-year-old Thomas Rhodes is the man who entered six different banks, presented notes to the tellers demanding money, and fled with undisclosed amounts of cash.
The Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Department issued a press release earlier this month regarding the robberies and San Jose police say they soon obtained information on Rhodes’ identity and that he was becoming increasingly violent.
The SJPD Robbery Unit obtained an arrest warrant for Rhodes on Monday. At about 9:30 p.m. that night, the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department stopped a vehicle that had been connected to Rhodes in Modesto. Rhodes was arrested without incident and booked into Stanislaus County Jail where he remains on local charges as well as for the outstanding warrant in San Jose.
“This was an excellent collaborative effort by all involved agencies to get a dangerous individual off the streets,” SJPD Robbery Unit Commander Tommy Morales said.
The robberies remain under investigation and anyone with information is asked to contact San Jose police at (408) 277-4166. Those wishing to remain anonymous may call Silicon Valley Crimestoppers at (408) 947-7867.