SAN FRANCISCO — A San Francisco sheriff’s deputy accused of robbing a bank has pleaded not guilty.
Prosecutors say Philip Chun Tong entered his plea during his arraignment in San Francisco Superior Court on Monday.
The 36-year-old Tong is charged with one count each of felony robbery and commercial burglary for allegedly holding up a Bank of America branch in the city’s Richmond District.
Prosecutors say Tong robbed the branch of $1,700 on Nov. 7 after he walked into the bank and handed a note to a teller demanding money.
Tong was arrested on Nov. 16 after being identified through surveillance video and fingerprints on the demand note.
Tong, who is free on $150,000 bail, has been suspended from his job without pay.
He is due back in court to set a date for his preliminary hearing on Dec. 17.