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Patience is not always a virtue: An Antioch woman sat in the lobby and waited for police to arrive after allegedly robbing a Chase Bank on Market and Eighth streets Tuesday. (Mike Aldax/The Examiner) - PATIENCE IS NOT ALWAYS A VIRTUE: AN ANTIOCH WOMAN SAT IN THE LOBBY AND WAITED FOR POLICE TO ARRIVE AFTER ALLEGEDLY ROBBING A CHASE BANK ON MARKET AND EIGHTH STREETS TUESDAY. (MIKE ALDAX/THE EXAMINER)
  • Patience is not always a virtue: An Antioch woman sat in the lobby and waited for police to arrive after allegedly robbing a Chase Bank on Market and Eighth streets Tuesday. (Mike Aldax/The Examiner)
  • Patience is not always a virtue: An Antioch woman sat in the lobby and waited for police to arrive after allegedly robbing a Chase Bank on Market and Eighth streets Tuesday. (Mike Aldax/The Examiner)

A loitering bank robber, a repentant drug addict and a lollipop-sucking burglar have made life easy on police.

Three bizarre busts in San Francisco since Saturday must have made for fun banter at local precincts. The latest arrest was made Tuesday at the Chase Bank at Market and Eighth streets.

A 48-year-old Antioch woman allegedly robbed the bank, passing the teller a note demanding cash. But instead of fleeing with the stolen money, the crook inexplicably waited in the bank lobby for cops to arrive and arrest her, police said.

“She just sat down in the lobby and [told bankers] she was going to wait,” San Francisco police Officer Albie Esparza said.

The suspect, identified Wednesday as Deann Olivia Lopez, was still sitting in the lobby when police arrived. She was arrested without incident and booked on robbery and burglary charges, Esparza said.

Lopez offered cops no explanation for her swift surrender, Esparza said. There were no injuries. No weapon was used in the heist.

Cops didn’t have to travel as far to make a Bayview bust on Saturday. In fact, the perp came to them. A woman went to the station around 6 p.m., pulled a baggie of heroin from her pocket and gave it to officers.

The suspect was less discreet about her intentions. Before turning in the drugs, she said she wanted to turn herself in because she needed a “timeout,” police said.

She was booked on the spot for drug possession, police said.

Meanwhile, the county jail in San Francisco has been housing a suspect in a 6-month-old burglary probe. The investigation was solved with the help of DNA samples taken from a mostly-eaten lollipop that had been left at the crime scene.

According to the Marin Independent Journal, the suspected candy fiend, 24-year-old Jacob Roderick Mandel, “sucked” as a burglar. Detectives said the DNA evidence obtained from the lollipop implicates Mandel, the newspaper said.

Mandel, of Fairfax, is accused in the ransacking of two businesses there, stealing cash and computer equipment. He was served an arrest warrant on Monday while held in San Francisco on a separate case.

maldax@sfexaminer.com