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Police nab suspected 'smelly' bank robber

Police arrested a man suspected of shoplifting at a CVS Pharmacy in Mountain View Tuesday who they believe is the same malodorous man who robbed a bank last week. Officers had asked for the public's help in finding the alleged bank robber who was described as having a strong body odor.

William Brackin, a 45-year-old transient, was allegedly found shoplifting at the CVS Pharmacy at 850 California St. and was spotted by a police officer as he was leaving, according to Sgt. Saul Jaeger of the Mountain View Police Department.

A witness described Brackin's appearance to a police officer, and the description matched that of the man who robbed the Bank of America branch on Castro Street on July 1.

At least five police officers surrounded the area and arrested Brackin on Castro Street at around 11 a.m. July 8 in front of Art Frame Studio and Easy Foods Company.

Jaeger said Brackin was positively identified as a suspect for the CVS shoplifting, and positively identified as a suspect in the July 1 robbery.

Brackin allegedly stole $1,300 in cash from the Bank of America without the use of a weapon. Witnesses said the man had a strong odor that indicated he hadn't showered in a long time.

As of 2:30 p.m. Tuesday afternoon, Brackin was set to be transported to the San Jose Main Jail and booked on charges of robbery and petty theft with a prior.

Comments

Posted by Gethin, a resident of Midtown
on Jul 10, 2014 at 12:49 pm

Gethin is a registered user.

Good work by the PD!


Posted by Carrot, a resident of Downtown North
on Jul 10, 2014 at 7:42 pm

Was he trying to steal deodorant?


Posted by UC Davis Grad, a resident of Mountain View
on Jul 11, 2014 at 4:32 pm

Cigarettes, actually -- which would have only *heightened* the odor...


Posted by Cedric de La Beaujardiere, a resident of Barron Park
on Jul 12, 2014 at 12:04 pm

Cedric de La Beaujardiere is a registered user.

I wonder which lucky officer got to drive him down to the station. They're probably still airing out the squad car, either that or let the odor linger for the next perp.


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