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Turlock man charged with Hilmar bank robbery
Zeb Grunloh

A Turlock man was arrested Tuesday morning by the Merced County Sheriff’s Department on the allegation he robbed a Hilmar bank just the day prior.

Zeb Boothe Grunloh, 33, of Turlock was taken into custody at his residence in the 3000 block of Mitchell Road in Turlock around 10 a.m. Tuesday. The arrest was made without incident, said sheriff spokesman Sgt. Delray Shelton.

Grunloh was arrested on suspicion of bank robbery after the sheriff’s department received multiple tips identifying him as the suspected robber.

The Farmers and Merchant Bank located at 19925 1st Street in Hilmar was robbed around 3 p.m. Monday. The suspect waited in line before reaching the teller and handing her a note that demanded cash and threatened that he had a gun, Shelton said.

The suspect made off with an undisclosed amount of cash. He fled the bank on foot and was last seen headed towards Lander Avenue.

A surveillance image from the bank was widely circulated and led to the identification of Grunloh as the suspect.

A search of Grunloh’s home did not turn up any weapon. Investigators did find cash but it’s unknown at this time if it came from the bank robbery.

Grunloh has previous convictions in Stanislaus County of grand theft and driving under the influence.

Grunloh was booked into the Merced County Jail on a $50,000 bail for felony robbery.