FBI San Diego
Media Coordinator
(858) 320-1800 | SDPublicAffairs@fbi.gov
August 22, 2014

San Diego Man Arrested and Charged with Robbing Four Banks

FBI Special Agent in Charge Daphne Hearn and San Diego Police Department Chief Shelly Zimmerman are announcing the arrest of Ronald Anthony Timberland, age 50, of San Diego, California.

Timberland was arrested on Tuesday, August 19, 2014, at approximately 8:00 p.m. by San Diego Police Department Robbery detectives at a local motel in the area of the 1000 block of Outer Road in San Diego, California.

Timberland was arrested after San Diego Police Department detectives and FBI agents received a Crime Stoppers tip concerning the robbery of a Wells Fargo Bank on Monday, August 18, 2014. This Crime Stoppers tip assisted in the identification of Timberland as the person allegedly responsible for the Monday, August 18, 2014 robbery of the Wells Fargo Bank branch located at 401 B Street in San Diego, California.

On Monday, August 18, 2014, at approximately 12:04 p.m., the Wells Fargo Bank branch located at 401 B Street, San Diego, California, was robbed by an unknown male carrying a white and red Target plastic shopping bag. At the time of the robbery, the robber approached the victim teller, leaned over towards the teller, and stated, “This is a robbery.” The robber threatened to be armed with a handgun and threatened to harm the teller if she did not give him money. The teller complied with the robber’s demands and provided him with a sum of money. The robber placed the money inside the Target shopping bag and then walked out the bank. No weapon was observed and no injuries reported. San Diego Police Department officers and FBI agents responded to this robbery and conducted a preliminary investigation.

On this same date, the FBI issued a news release seeking the public’s assistance to identify the bank robber. The news release was disseminated to local San Diego media and requested the public to contact the FBI and/or Crime Stoppers.

On Tuesday, August 19, 2014, Crime Stoppers received a call from a member of the public with information about the bank robbery. The caller advised they saw a television news story about the bank robbery, to include bank surveillance photographs, which led to them contacting Crime Stoppers. Based on the caller’s information, San Diego Robbery detectives and FBI agents conducted additional investigation that ultimately led to Timberland’s arrest.

On Thursday, August 21, 2014, Timberland was booked into the San Diego Central Jail at 1173 Front Street in San Diego, California, on a variety of charges that included four counts of robbery involving the below banks.

Date Bank Address
July 25, 2014 US Bank 6155 El Cajon Boulevard, San Diego, California
August 12, 2014 US Bank 665 Saturn Boulevard, San Diego, California
August 14, 2014 US Bank 620 Dennery Road, San Diego, California
August 18, 2014 Wells Fargo Bank 401 B Street, San Diego, California

Timberland is expected to have his initial arraignment in State Superior Court on or about Tuesday, August 26, 2014.

Anyone with information concerning the above bank robberies is asked to call the FBI at telephone number (858) 320-1800 or Crime Stoppers at telephone number (888) 540-8477.

To view more photographs of wanted San Diego bank robbers, please visit https://www.bankrobbers.fbi.gov.

An arrest itself is not evidence that the defendant committed the crimes charged. The defendant is presumed innocent until the government meets its burden in court of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.