SAN DIEGO–A bank robber was sentenced Thursday by U.S. District Judge Anthony Battaglia to 46-months in prison for robbing a Wells Fargo Bank branch in downtown San Diego. Judge Battaglia also ordered Neal to pay $565 in restitution to Wells Fargo Bank.
In his plea agreement, Alvin Lee Neal, 56, admitted that on May 13, 2016, he entered the Wells Fargo bank located on 610 First Avenue, San Diego, and approached a teller. At first, Neal swiped his Wells Fargo debit card through the Wells Fargo customer card reader located at the counter. Neal’s bank profile appeared on the teller’s computer screen. When the teller asked Neil what he wanted to do at the branch, the defendant responded, “You’re being robbed. Don’t make a mistake.” Neal also handed a note to the teller that read, “You’re being robbed no mistake [sic]” and further told the teller “You don’t want anyone to get hurt, don’t make a mistake.” Neal took $565 and fled from the bank.
Based on the information from Neal’s customer profile, FBI agents and San Diego Police Department detectives established surveillance around Neal’s residential address and ultimately arrested Neal.