[UPDATED with 2 Freed:] Steven Rineberg's Taxicab Confession Leads to Bank Robbery Arrest
Money and narcotics were found in the vehicle, but it remains unclear how much of the $2,000 Rineberg is accused of taking from the bank has been recovered, Woodson said.
Dude drove back to the Saigon National Bank near Brookhurst Street and McFadden Avenue in Westminster that he is accused of knocking off, according to a statement from Westminster Police Cpl. Van Woodson.
The fun began just before 12:40 p.m., when a silent alarm sent Westminster officers, detectives and forensic staff to Saigon National Bank. Santa Ana Police received the call from the cabbie shortly after that. Someone at SAPD had to the good sense to give a heads up to WPD.
The Chevy Rineberg was driving was spotted heading back toward the bank, and a felony stop was made in the same business center that houses the bank. Two other adults in the Chevy were detained with Rineberg, but Woodson indicates it is unclear at this time whether they were involved in the bank job. All three were being held at the Westminster jail as this was being posted.
"Thanks to the vigilance of the taxi driver and his willingness to notify the local police about what he had seen, a dangerous felon has been arrested," according to Woodson's statement.
He says detectives are sure they've got their man. Although no weapon was seen or recovered, the robber indicated to bank employees he he had one. The department is encouraging anyone with tips about the case to call the detective bureau, even anonymously, at 714.548.3207.