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PetSmart shooter arrested
November 22, 2011, 04:33 AM Daily Journal staff report

The man wanted for shooting a clerk at the San Mateo PetSmart last month during a brazen night-time robbery is in jail and multiple police agencies have tied him to a string of crimes involving a chrome revolver.

At approximately 8:03 p.m. Oct. 8, San Mateo police officers responded to the pet supply store on 3520 El Camino Real on reports of a violent robbery during which a 34-year-old male clerk was shot. The victim was taken to a hospital and lived, according to police.

A fingerprint was collected from an Oct. 30 armed robbery at a Petsmart in San Jose which was matched to an identification from the San Mateo crime. The prints matched to Ricky Sanders, 34, out of Oakland, who was arrested in Alameda County Nov. 7, according to San Mateo police.

The crimes were linked to more than 30 similar armed robberies in several cities in the Bay Area throughout the year and investigators from multiple jurisdictions, in sharing this information, discovered some marked similarities in the method of operation and suspect description. The series was dubbed the "Chrome Revolver Bandit” series and the investigation involved police from San Francisco, San Jose, San Mateo, Daly City, Colma, Redwood City, Pacifica, San Bruno, Fremont, San Leandro and Mountain View, according to San Mateo police.

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