Redding Police nab bank robbery suspect, find no cash

Jan 23, 2015 7:57 PM

The man Redding police suspect robbed a Tri Counties Bank Tuesday has been caught.
Redding police arrested 26-year old Christopher Dunne at his home on Jewell Lane Thursday evening.

Police say they received an anonymous tip Thursday, which led them to Dunne's home -- police then called out the SWAT team -- knowing Dunne has a lengthy criminal record.

The home on on the two-thousand block on Jewell Lane in Redding is quiet now, after Redding police and SWAT officers surrounded it Thursday evening, looking for 26-year old Christopher Dunne.

"The SWAT team arrived and they surrounded the house, and they actually called Christopher Dunne out of the house. After a short negotiation with him, he ended up exiting the residence."

The arrest comes one day after police released photos taken from the Tri Counties Bank surveillance cameras on Westside Road.
According to Sgt. Jon Poletski, police knew they had their guy after multiple witnesses identified him as the man who walked into the bank Tuesday afternoon.

"He did not confess to the crime...he made some admissions and some statements about his time frames and we're following up on those things now and where he was."

A search warrant for Dunne's home turned up ammunition, but there was no trace of a gun or any cash.
Tuesday's bank robbery brought out dozens of police to the scene as Dunne sat in his home, less than half-a-mile away.
Dunne is on post-release community supervision and no stranger to law enforcement.

"He has prior arrests for assault with a deadly weapon, he has prior arrests for carjacking...drug-related offenses and theft-related offenses."

Dunne is being charged with robbery, possessing ammunition as a felon, and violating his release terms.

In a phone interview Thursday afternoon with Mayor Francie Sullivan, she says incidents like this are why it's so important to have a strategic safety plan in place.
She also adds the city needs to figure out a way to work more effectively with its strained budget to help law enforcement.


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