5th Time No Charm For Bank Robber

Stephen Holloday has a familiar face — at least to tellers at one downtown Oakland bank.

Police say he robbed the same bank four times between March 9 and May 23, but on his fifth attempt this month, a teller recognized him and alerted another co-worker who had been robbed previously by Holloday.

The two confronted the man, who panicked and fled. Oakland police Sgt. George Phillips arrested Holloday a short time later on a street not far from the Summit Bank. The evidence was — a demand note
still in his pocket.

"He was a creature of habit," Phillips said. "He had a penchant for doing the same bank over and over."

Holloday also is a suspect in at least seven San Francisco bank robberies, including one branch he allegedly hit five times, authorities said.