Plaid Bandit Bank Robber Arraigned on Robbery and Burglary Charges

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

CONTACT: Stephanie Ong Stillman, DA Gascón’s Office, (415) 553-1167 or (415) 740-5134
Omid Talai, DA Gascón’s Office, (415) 553-9272

San Francisco - District Attorney George Gascón announced today that Donald Gene Booth, 68 was arraigned on six counts of second degree robbery and four counts of burglary. Booth, dubbed the “Plaid Bandit” because of his preference for plaid shirts, is linked to four bank robberies in San Francisco’s Financial District occurring from June 10, 2010 to October 6, 2011.

“The arrest of Donald Booth was made possible because of a successful community wide effort resulting in an anonymous tip,” said District Attorney George Gascón. “I’d like to commend the outstanding work of the FBI and the San Francisco Police Department for apprehending the suspect without incident.”

On Monday, October 17, the FBI released the suspect’s images to the national news media. On Tuesday, October 18, the FBI received an anonymous tip identifying Booth as the person on the images and a workup of Booth revealed a lengthy criminal history including a prior robbery. That same day, Booth was taken into custody from his residence and was arrested by the FBI and the San Francisco Police Department for his link to the following four bank robberies:

• October 6, 2011 East West Bank, 555 Montgomery Street
• July 27, 2010 U.S. Bank, 201 Montgomery Street
• June 21, 2010 City National Bank, 150 California Street

• June 10, 2010 Bank of the West, 505 Montgomery Street.

Each bank robbery incident involves the Defendant’s use of a handgun and demanding money from the teller. The Defendant admitted to FBI agents his involvement in 3 of the 4 robberies.
The arrest is the result of the diligent investigation by Special Agent Richard Anderson and San Francisco Police Department Inspector Wong. Assistant District Attorney Omid Talai arraigned the case.