A bank robbery suspect made a critical mistake Thursday after he returned to the scene of a previous crime in his string of North Bay bank robberies which ultimately lead to his arrest.
A bank teller was working inside a Safeway store in Novato on the 5000 block of Nave Drive when a man walked in who looked alarmingly familiar.
Josh Metoxen walked into the supermarket store and up to the U.S. Bank counter where an alert bank teller remembered him from a previous robbery last month and called police.
When the teller went back to make the phone call, the American Canyon resident got spooked and left the store, but the 24-year-old didn't get far.
Metoxen was spotted by a detective who worked last month's heist and trailed the man up the freeway until he was pulled over. The suspect's Honda matched the description of a car fleeing a Mill Valley West America robbery two weeks ago.
There's been an uptick in bank robberies in the North Bay, more than a dozen bank robberies in Marin and Sonoma counties since December.
Shoppers admitted Thursday bank robberies aren't on their minds when going in for groceries.
"I don't think about it when I come to a grocery store, I guess I should," said Novato resident Kevin Davis.
But luck and timing combined to give police a break Thursday and now they will look for possible links between suspect Metoxen and other robberies.
Several of Metoxen's alleged robberies are in Lake County, and there was a $750,000 warrant there for his arrest.
Police arrested him Thursday along with a 21-year-old from Napa named Jack Dennis.
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