Palo Alto police are searching for a man who allegedly vaulted over a counter at Star One Credit Union, removed cash from teller drawers and made off with an undisclosed amount of money Wednesday morning.
The robbery occurred at about 11 a.m. at the credit union at 3903 El Camino Real. Officers received calls from various witnesses, including a customer who was at the credit union and who fled when he realized that a robbery was in progress. By the time the officers arrived, the robber had fled.
According to a statement from the police, officers were unable to locate the suspect despite "an extensive check of the area." No one was injured during the robbery.
Investigators learned that the suspect entered the credit union, vaulted the teller counter, took cash from the drawers, jumped back over the counter and fled on foot eastbound on Ventura Avenue. Numerous witnesses had seen the man run out of the building. Police said one witness reported possibly seeing the suspect holding a handgun. No other witnesses saw a weapon.
Witnesses described the robber as a black male, about 25 to 30 years old, between 5 feet 7 inches and 5 feet 9 inches in height and weighing about 175 to 180 pounds. He reportedly had very short, close-cropped hair and was wearing a pair of reflective Oakley-style sunglasses, a short-sleeved dark polo shirt, baggy blue jeans and two-toned blue-and-white tennis shoes.
Police had also captured a surveillance photo of the alleged robber.
Anyone who recognizes the man or has information about the incident is asked to call the police at 650-329-2413. Anonymous tips can also be sent to email@example.com or through text messages or voice mail to 650-383-8984.