A wig-wearing woman who police said robbed a Wells Fargo bank on California Avenue on Wednesday afternoon before discarding her clothing in a nearby parking lot was arrested minutes later after officers found her walking around College Terrace wearing a bra and jeans.
Police said Joyce Rodriguez, 20, of San Francisco, walked into the bank at 505 California Ave. at around 2:30 p.m. and handed a note to the teller, demanding money. After the teller handed over an undisclosed amount of cash, Rodriguez allegedly left, walked north through a parking lot and entered a nearby carport, where she hid her wig and much of her clothing in what police assume was "an apparent effort to thwart detection by officers."
The attempt didn't work as officers spotted her on the 2300 block of Yale Street minutes after the robbery. Police said she was walking north, clad in a bra and jeans. Detectives located the discarded and hidden clothing and wig nearby.
Rodriguez was arrested and charged with felony robbery, felony burglary, destruction of evidence and an outstanding warrant for prostitution out of Santa Clara County. She was booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail. Palo Alto police are working with detectives from other law enforcement agencies to see if she was responsible for any other recent bank robberies.