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Trial Date Set for Alleged 'Chrome Revolver Bandit'

The man accused of shooting a PetSmart clerk in San Mateo in 2011 faces dozens of charges in San Mateo County Superior Court.

Police sketch of Ricky Sanders. Credit: San Mateo Police Department
Police sketch of Ricky Sanders. Credit: San Mateo Police Department

Editor's Note: The San Mateo County District Attorney's Office has not released Ricky Sanders' booking photo. 

A man accused of committing dozens of robberies in the Bay Area using a chrome revolver, including a robbery and shooting at a PetSmart in San Mateo in 2011, will stand trial on 37 charges in San Mateo County Superior Court next year.

The defense attorney for Ricky Renee Sanders, 36, met with prosecutors in court on Monday and both sides said they were ready for jury trial.

Judge Clifford Cretan scheduled jury selection to begin on Jan. 6, 2014. Other trial motions will begin this week.

This was the third setting of the jury trial date since the superior court arraignment on Jan. 8, 2012 and the initial felony arraignment on Feb. 1, 2012.

Sanders was nicknamed the "chrome revolver bandit" because of the silver-barreled revolver he allegedly used in as many as 30 armed robberies or attempted robberies at retail businesses in several Bay Area cities, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office.

In the most serious case, Sanders is accused of shooting a store clerk in the leg while robbing a PetSmart store in San Mateo on Oct. 8, 2011, prosecutors said.

The victim suffered a severed femoral artery but survived the shooting.

Sanders is also suspected of robbing a BevMo in Colma, a GameStop in Colma, and various businesses in San Francisco, San Jose, Daly City, Redwood City and Fremont, prosecutors said.

Following a three-day preliminary hearing, Judge Clifford Cretan on Friday held Sanders to answer on all charges and set his superior court arraignment for Jan. 8.

Last February, Sanders pleaded not guilty to 16 counts of robbery with a firearm, five counts of attempted robbery, six counts of assault with a firearm, nine counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm and one count of mayhem.

Sanders, an Oakland resident, was arrested Nov. 7, 2011, after allegedly committing a robbery in San Jose, where proseuctors say he left a fingerprint.

Prosecutors are seeking a three-strikes law 25-years-to-life sentence against Sanders. He remains in custody without bail.

Bay City News Service contributed to this report.

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