A former Los Angeles Police Department officer was arrested Tuesday in connection with a Danville bank robbery, reports the Danville SanRamon.
Jennifer Rae McClary, 36, is accused of robbing a Danville bank while disguised as a man. Police Chief Steve Simpkins said that McClary used a painted on beard, sunglasses, and a hat to conceal herself. She walked into the bank at 9:10 a.m. and handed a note to the teller demanding money. McClary didn’t use a weapon during the incident.
The former police officer took an undisclosed amount of money from the bank and fled the scene. McClary was last seen going north on El Pintado Road near the Diablo Road intersection.
An investigation led to McClary’s arrest not long after. She was taken into custody at 12:20 p.m. that day. She was booked into the Martinez Detention Facility on suspicion of robbery and possession of a controlled substance.
According to CBS Los Angeles, McClary served in the LAPD from 2006 to 2008 then worked as a Placentia police officer until 2010.
McClary was fired from the Placentia Police Department for “failing to meet probationary standards,” according to Sgt. Bryce Angel. Angel says McClary must have been pretty desperate to commit a crime she used to work to prevent.
“I was surprised anytime a police officer is arrested for a crime like that. It is obviously a far departure from where they started. I think the person was in a very desperate state of mind and was going for a quick payday and committed a federal offense.”
McClary reportedly grew up in Orange County and later moved to the Bay Area.
Neighbors in Placentia that live near her father say they are surprised to hear about the crime.
“I find that hard to believe. We raise our kids well, and it doesn’t seem like something she would do.”
[Feature photo: Danville Police Department]