November 6, 2010 (Spring Valley)--FBI and San Diego Sheriff’s Department announce the arrest of Christoff Arthur Michael Lerczak, 36. Charges were filed with the U.S. District Court yesterday against Lerczak, who is accused of robbing Bank of the West at 9832 Campo Road, Spring Valley on November 4.
According to the complaint, Lerczak used a demand note stating “This is a robbery.” After obtaining money from a teller, he left the bank on foot. About two hours later, at 12:23 p.m., a San Diego County Sheriff’s Deputy working in a marked patrol vehicle was patrolling the parking lot area of the Shadow Point Apartments, 9830 Dale Avenue, Spring Valley in an effort to locate the bank robber. He spotted the suspect and obtained consent to retrieve Lerczak’s wallet from his pants pocket, which contained a large amount of cash, according to special agent Darrell Foxworth with the FBI.
Based on Lerczak’s appearance and similar description to the Bank of the West robber, the Deputy detained Lerczak. Following an additional investigation conducted by other Sheriff’s Deputies and FBI Agents, Lerczak was arrested. According to the FBI, he later confessed to the robbery.