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'Beanie Bandit' Serial Bank Robber Arrested

Campbell resident is alleged to have hit at least six banks in the South Bay.

In a media advisory issued late Friday evening, authorities said they had arrested Campbell resident Tony Piovesan, 43, on suspicion of robbing two banks in the Orchard City, two in Sunnyvale, one in Los Gatos and one in San Jose. They called him the "Beanie Bandit."

Campbell police Sgt. Gary Berg said Piovesan was apprehended in Campbell after investigators obtained evidence connecting him to six bank robberies that were committed throughout the county during the past two months.

Campbell police, who had been working with the Los Gatos-Monte Sereno Police Department on the case, thanked the working press for their coverage, which included stories posted on Patch sites in Silicon Valley describing the suspect and asking for the public's help in his arrest.

Piovesan is alleged to have robbed the following banks:

  • Aug. 24: Bank of the West in Campbell
  • Sept. 5: US Bank in Campbell
  • Sept. 10: Wells Fargo in Sunnyvale
  • Sept. 18: Wells Fargo in San Jose
  • Sept. 25: Chase Bank in Los Gatos
  • Oct. 16: Bank of America in Sunnyvale 

Campbell police had also been working with the San Jose Police Department and Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety after video surveillance showed the same suspect in each of the six robberies. 

Claudia Cruz October 27, 2012 at 09:53 PM
@Susan ... very few criminals are smart:-) But yes, even some of the dumb ones know to hide their face!
Jeanne Rajabzadeh October 28, 2012 at 01:17 AM
Glad he was caught!
Susan October 28, 2012 at 02:35 AM
@Claudia, Ima helper. See uploaded photo ;-) And Go Giants!
Jon Montejo March 20, 2013 at 08:03 AM
Robbing a bank worth from1500 to 2000 dollars and go to jail from 15 to 20 years do you think it's worthy?think about this dumb robbers
Bernard T Harlow March 20, 2013 at 03:55 PM
The real crooks are the guys that run the banks, but that's another discussion. WRT technology, many banks have employed video recognition technology to their surveillance feeds and where that technology is employed, cops are alerted the second the VRT hits on a person who has robbed a bank before. This high-risk, low-yield crime will very soon be a thing of the past

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