Former officer arrested in holdup

Former officer arrested in holdup

There are 103 comments on the Whittier Daily News story from Aug 19, 2008, titled Former officer arrested in holdup. In it, Whittier Daily News reports that:

A man arrested for allegedly robbing a La Habra bank last week is a former Pasadena police officer.

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Analisa

United States

#1 Aug 19, 2008
Vince Cantu was a coach for Murphy Ranch Little League for many years. What a disappointment. He was supposed to be a role model and mentor to these young boys as they looked to him for guidance and support. It will be interesting to see how the League addresses this with the kids. Maybe just leaving it alone might be best. Who I really feel bad for is his family, especially his kids. They probably have lost their father for a really long time - I'm sure he's "apologetic" about that now.
Murphy Ranch Parent

Chino Hills, CA

#2 Aug 19, 2008
WOW....My boy played on one of his teams. Man, I feel for his family, especially his boys!! I am trully stunned!!!
Baseball dad

United States

#3 Aug 19, 2008
Well, it looks like Murphy Ranch Little League has already taken Cantu off their list of Board of Directors on their website. I can't believe this. Don't understand it either - from cop to bank robber?? He used to brag so much about used to being a cop. Like everyone else, I also feel bad for his family. He sure wasn't thinking of his kids. He can do "the time" but his kids are going to be the real losers in this sad situation. I pray his wife can pick herself up, be strong and move past and beyond this for the sake of those kids.
AMERICAN

United States

#4 Aug 19, 2008
Why don't you wait and let him go through due process to see if he actually did it and gets convicted for it. Everyone deserves their day in court. This forum is not court.
Murphy Ranch Parent

Chino Hills, CA

#5 Aug 19, 2008
American, thats true. But when you see the FBI surveillance photo....man, that doesn't lie. My wife and I are speechless. He was a nice guy.
JCB737

Duarte, CA

#6 Aug 19, 2008
They let him post bail???

And he's gone, that's too funny. Way to go guy's.
ally way

AOL

#7 Aug 19, 2008
omg! How can can he? Is the economy that bad that he has to steal to feed his family? God help the poor soul!
tomas

AOL

#8 Aug 19, 2008
He is probably in Mexico now!
3MTA3U

Los Angeles, CA

#9 Aug 19, 2008
AMERICAN you are absolutely correct, due process first....but if convicted, forget him! He would have wronged his wife, kids and everyone who ever trusted him big time! Forget the nice guy, role model bit too....if convicted, he would have been a liar about everything. He would be lower than all the people he ever sent to prison when he was a police officer. This forum is a laughable pimple on a gnats butt compared to what he would have to deal with in life....but imagine his wife and children? What a let down this would be if it's him. I HOPE this is not him, I really, really do....I HOPE for everyone that he ever came in contact with it's not him....they let him post bail, so there's some HOPE for Vince Cantu and everyone else....
Phil292

United States

#10 Aug 20, 2008
For those of us who personally knew Vince, after looking at the FBI surveillance photos, we immediately recognized it was him. American, you are right, he does deserve due process and hopefully with that he might get a lenient sentence and be able to get out of prison in time to meet his grandchildren. Bank robbery is prosecuted as a federal offense which is why the FBI gets involved. Using a gun just enhances the sentence. What a nightmare he has created for himself that his family will have to live out for years to come. There are no excuses for what he did. It's just unbelievable. He used to catch the bad guys, now he's just one of them. As far as bail goes, every crime (with the exception of murder) is entitled to bail. It's all a matter if they can afford to post it or not. So with this in mind, they didn't do him any favors. Our thoughts are with his family. As far as we're concerned he's pretty hopeless now....
Hero

AOL

#11 Aug 20, 2008
Nothing is pretty hopeless!
Friend guilty or not

Corona, CA

#12 Aug 20, 2008
Innocent until proven guilty!!!!!
We are not to judge, their is a higher power that is the true judge!!!
God Bless them all during this very difficult time.
Youme Dewitt

United States

#13 Aug 20, 2008
He is a Mexican and that makes him guilty. Look at the stats and see who commits more crimes.
Friend guilty or not wrote:
Innocent until proven guilty!!!!!
We are not to judge, their is a higher power that is the true judge!!!
God Bless them all during this very difficult time.
Typical

Castro Valley, CA

#14 Aug 20, 2008
Friend guilty or not wrote:
Innocent until proven guilty!!!!!
Must be pretty hard to maintain this posture when there are PICTURES and VIDEO of him robbing the banks. Yup, innocent until proven guilty but my money is on him doing some very serious time behind these robberies.
Hero

AOL

#15 Aug 20, 2008
Youme Dewitt wrote:
He is a Mexican and that makes him guilty. Look at the stats and see who commits more crimes.
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Your last name should be dimwitted, fits you to a t!

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Burn, baby, burn!

#16 Aug 20, 2008
Hero wrote:
<quoted text>Your last name should be dimwitted, fits you to a t!
Don't pay any attention to the troll. You'll just encourage it.
Aguero

United States

#17 Aug 20, 2008
Typical wrote:
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Must be pretty hard to maintain this posture when there are PICTURES and VIDEO of him robbing the banks. Yup, innocent until proven guilty but my money is on him doing some very serious time behind these robberies.
Well said, Typical. But I guess it's reassuring to know that he'll still have friends to visit him in prison.
Whittier Man

Montebello, CA

#18 Aug 20, 2008
Wow wow wow!!! When I heard I couldn't believe it. I actually liked the guy & his kids (not his wife). His wife would even want us to put DR. in front of his name. I still feel sorry for her & the boys. What drives a man that was a cop & worked as a FED-EX Exec to do this. Not only that he was an umpire, believe that! WHY WHY WHY!!! Did he really need to feed the kids or his life style. As far as the stupid Mexican comments, screw you!!!
no way

La Habra, CA

#19 Aug 20, 2008
Wow! This guy must have been really desperate. As a former bank teller, I can tell you that most of the time a robber would get more $$ at the local 7-11 store and would not end up with the FBI on his butt. The % of bank robbers who get caught is extremely high 80-90%.As a former PD you would think he would know better; this guy wasn't thinking clearly or had not done his homework. Bank robbery isn't worth it -
Leti Abrego

United States

#20 Aug 20, 2008
Grew up with the guy. Nice as they come. It's sad that if he really needed the money why couldn't he go to his friend, family and colleagues and ask for help. We need to ask ourselves, is there more like him amongst us? Should we be so proud not to ask for help when our famiy is concerned?

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