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Bank of the West robbery suspect arrested

Thursday, February 02, 2012

Police have made an arrest in a robbery that happened at a Clovis bank.

Michael Zavala, 38, is in custody for the hold-up at the Bank of the West branch near Shaw and Minnewawa Avenue. Investigators say Zavala is the man seen in the surveillance photo taken inside the bank during the robbery.

A bank employee told officers -- a man showed a note demanding money. That worker gave the suspect an undisclosed amount of cash and he left.

Investigators say they received a tip after the surveillance photo was broadcast. That tip led them to an apartment complex -- where they say -- a man was seen throwing away a bag of clothing that matched the description of what the robber was wearing.

Shortly after, they say Zavala returned to his apartment, where he was arrested.

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