comments

‘Sportscap’ bank robber sentenced to 7 years

By: Roger Phelps
-A +A
The robber who held up the Citibank branch on Greenback Lane in Folsom a year ago to cap a wild, five-bank string of jobs in a month’s time drew a prison sentence March 31. Robert Traynor, 42, of Rancho Cordova earned the name “the sportscap robber” because he wore a ball cap pulled low to defeat surveillance cameras. With the exception of one hit in Madera, Traynor heisted nothing but Sacramento-region banks between Feb. 26 and March 29, 2007, when he struck in Folsom at the 9601 Greenback Lane Citibank, taking $3,985. He was arrested April 2, 2007 in Rancho Cordova, said Lauren Horwood, spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office. “There were witness descriptions, and surveillance cameras got a really good look at his baseball cap,” Horwood said. Lt. Sheldon Sterling of the Folsom Police Department said that although Traynor managed to stay at large for only a month after the Folsom holdup, it sounded as if Traynor might have been clever in picking his banks to begin with. “Getting away with that many really has to do with banks’ policies,” Sterling said. “Some banks have a policy of ‘Don’t call the police until he’s out of the bank.’ They don’t want a hostage scene.” Bank robberies aren’t common in Folsom, but Sterling said that in the late 1990s, a string of “takeover” bank robberies plagued the Folsom area. “That’s ‘Everybody on the floor,’ and they try to take all the currency drawers, not just one, and the customer’s belongings,” Sterling said. United States Attorney McGregor Scott announced Traynor was sentenced to seven years in prison on two counts of bank robbery, with sentencing reflecting Traynor’s admission of all seven crimes. According to Assistant United States Attorney Michelle Rodriguez, who prosecuted the case, previous to the Folsom job, Traynor committed six other bank robberies between 2005 and 2007. Traynor had previous felony convictions for prohibited acts with a minor and for possession of controlled substances and was on parole at the times he held up the banks. On April 2, 2007, he was arrested on a probation warrant. Traynor pleaded guilty July 30, 2007 to two counts of bank robbery, one pertaining to the robbery of the Folsom Citibank. Traynor has been ordered to pay restitution of $37,650 for all seven bank robberies.