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Friday, November 16, 2012

Phil Tong, Sheriff's Deputy, Arrested on Suspicion of Bank Robbery

Posted By on Fri, Nov 16, 2012 at 12:21 PM

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A San Francisco sheriff's deputy was hauled to his own county jail this morning after authorities identified him on a surveillance camera as the suspect who allegedly robbed a local Bank of America.

Officer Albie Esparza tells us that on Nov. 7 about 4:50 p.m., Deputy Phil Tong, 36, allegedly walked into the  Bank of America at 3701 Balboa St., handed the teller a note that said he had a gun, and demanded cash. He fled with $1,700 and was last seen on Balboa Street headed toward 39th Avenue.

Police say they recognized him on the surveillance camera holding a stack of cash. In addition, police obtained the demand note that was used, and fond Tong's fingerprints on it, according to the District Attorney's Office. Tong was arrested today on the 400 block of Seventh Street, Esparza said.

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

Tong's bail was set at $150,000, Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Susan Fahey told us.

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Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.


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