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25-year-old man arrested in Merced bank robbery

A 25-year-old man was arrested by Merced police Saturday afternoon on suspicion of robbing the Chase Bank inside Raley’s off Yosemite Avenue.

The suspect, identified as Shawn Lee Canfield, walked into the grocery store after 1:30 p.m. and approached the bank counter, handing the teller a note demanding all the money and “no funny money,” according to a Merced police press release.

Police said the suspect used a pen from the store to write the note. The teller handed the robber $2,748.

The teller gave police a clear description of the suspect, and Officer Craig McKeeman spotted Canfield walking northbound on G Street near El Portal Drive.

The suspect was attempting to conceal the money down his pants when the officer approached. The clerk came to the scene and identified Canfield as the robber.

Police said as Canfield was being walked upstairs at police headquarters, money started falling out of his pants. A total of $2,414 was collected. During an interview with detectives, Canfield was asked to stand up and the rest of the money fell out of his pant leg.

Canfield confessed to the robbery, police said, claiming he needed the money to visit his mother in Colorado.

Police said Canfield is a parolee who’s been arrested for drug and theft offenses in the past.

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