SF Sheriff's Deputy Arrested for Bank Robbery

Phillip Tong, 36, had declared bankruptcy in July.

By Chris Roberts
|  Friday, Nov 16, 2012  |  Updated 9:31 PM PDT
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SF Sheriff's Deputy Arrested for Bank Robbery

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A San Francisco Sheriff's deputy was arrested Friday on suspicion of robbing a bank.
 
Phillip Tong, 36, a Pacifica resident and seven-year veteran of the sheriff's department, was arrested by San Francisco police Friday at 7:30 a.m. 

 Tong is suspected of robbing a Bank of America branch on Balboa Street on Nov. 7. The suspect in that case walked into a bank with a note saying he was armed. The teller handed over $1,700 in cash and the suspect fled on foot.

SFPD said it obtained the demand note and video surveillance from the robbery. The affidavit states that officers from the department's CSI Unit were able to identity fingerprints belonging to Deputy Tong on the demand note.

“San Franciscans expect the men and women in uniform to uphold the laws and protect our residents, said District Attorney George Gascon. “Mr. Tong’s conduct is deplorable and will be met with serious consequences.” 

Tong has been charged with one count of robbery and one count of burglary. Both charges are felonies.

The photo to the right is the surveillance photo of the bank robber.

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