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Palo Alto market robbed at gunpoint Saturday

Police believe armed man had getaway car waiting

A man with a black, semiautomatic handgun held up proprietors of the Valencia Market at 3487 El Camino Real in Palo Alto Saturday shortly before 8:40 p.m., fleeing the shop with cash from the register, Palo Alto police reported Sunday, Aug. 26.

There were no customers inside at the time, and no one was injured in the robbery, the police stated in a press release.

Officers responded to the 9-1-1 call but were unable to find the gunman, who had fled southbound on the sidewalk. He may have gotten into a newer, shiny, black vehicle parked in the alley to the rear of the business. That vehicle left the scene at a high rate of speed, according to police.

The robber was described by the shop owners as a Hispanic male in his forties, about 5 feet 7 inches tall and about 220 pounds, wearing a light blue, button-up, long-sleeve shirt with dark blue jeans and a plain black baseball cap.

He entered the market, pointed the gun at the owners and demanded money. The victims complied, and the gunman left the market.

The police expect to release a sketch of the robber within the next two days.

Police detectives are actively investigating this robbery and are working with other agencies to determine if this robbery is linked to any others.

In June 2011, the market – then known as Eli's Market -- was similarly robbed of cash at gunpoint. At the time, it was the second armed robbery in the city in two days.

No arrests have been made in the 2011 case, police said. Detectives are examining the possibility of any link between the two market hold-ups.

Police are asking that anyone with information about this incident call the department's 24-hour dispatch center at 650-329-2413. Anonymous tips can be e-mailed to paloalto@tipnow.org or sent via text message or voice mail to 650-383-8984.

— Palo Alto Weekly staff

Comments

Posted by Joe, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 26, 2012 at 4:29 pm

> In June 2011, the market – then known as Eli's Market --
> was similarly robbed of cash at gunpoint. At the time, it
> was the second armed robbery in the city in two days.

> The police expect to release a sketch of the robber within
> the next two days.

How many times does this place need to get robbed before it purchases a surveillance camera? Pictures would help the police more than the memory of eye-witnesses.


Posted by Gus L., a resident of Barron Park
on Aug 26, 2012 at 6:40 pm

Maybe the City should waive the Alarm Tax (Fee) on businesses and allow them to buy and upgrade their cameras and alarm systems.


Posted by Language is Hard?, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 27, 2012 at 11:00 am

What's with the language here:

"No arrests have yet to be made in the 2011 case..."

Huh?


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