A representative from the Contra Costa Sheriff’s Department has acknowledged a suspected bank robber has accidentally been released from jail. Suspect Gary Fite is believed to be tied to a March 1 robber of a bank located approximately 25 miles east of San Francisco. He and his getaway driver got away with an undisclosed amount of money. No injuries were reported as a result of the crime. Authorities reportedly captured the men a short time later in the town of Vallejo.
Martinez Jail officials have said the fugitive has a long rap sheet and has ties to Reno Nevada, Antioch and Oakland. He has been described as being armed and dangerous. Anyone who believes they see the suspect is asked to contact authorities immediately.
The Sheriff’s Department has not indicated how such a mistake was made. Jail staff have said the incident will be investigated thoroughly. It is unclear whether Fite’s accomplice remains behind bars. An arrest warrant has been issued and the FBI and US Marshals will be involved in his pursuit. They have not yet said whether they have any leads as to his current whereabouts.
Once Fite is captured he will be booked into a local jail and will have a no bail hold. He will then be extradited to Contra Costa to appear before a judge on the bank robbery charge.