Alleged bank robber an ARC student according to her Facebook page


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Dominique Polani, who was arrested Friday as a suspect in a string of Sacramento bank robberies, attends American River College according to her Facebook page.

Update July 23, 2015, 11:39 a.m.: A previous version of this story falsely claimed that Polani registered for classes at American River College. In fact, she applied but never attended classes.

Update July 22, 2015, 12:13 p.m.: This post has been updated to show that Dominique Polani applied to American River College but never attended classes, according to school records.

The alleged serial bank robber who was arrested by Sacramento police Friday after a month long spree had once sought to pursue her culinary aspirations at American River College, according to school records.

Dominique Polani, 22, is a suspect in five bank robberies in suburban Sacramento County that began on July 1, including banks on Manzanita Avenue and Fair Oaks Boulevard, according to police. In 2013, Polani applied to ARC with a declared major of culinary arts, but never attended classes.

Polani was booked into the Sacramento County Main Jail and is being held pending a $500,000 bail. The police credit Polani’s arrest to tips that came from citizens after an image from one of the robberies was posted on social media.

At all five robberies, Polani allegedly handed the bank tellers a note demanding money and claiming she had a gun, sheriff’s department spokesperson Lisa Bowman told News10. Her motive is unknown.

Polani had also applied to Folsom Lake College for the spring 2015 semester, but did not attend classes there.

Just a few months after applying to further her education, Polani allegedly began a robbery spree that totaled five banks in just sixteen days.

Police did not say how much money was stolen during the robberies.

Polani’s Facebook lists American River College as her school and In-Home Support Services as her employer since February 2013.

According to the Sacramento County website, In-Home Support Services seeks to “help elderly and/or disabled adults and disabled children remain in their own homes with the support of in-home care.”

The Current will update this story as more information becomes available.