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Two sought in California Avenue armed robbery

Original post made on Jan 18, 2012

A man collecting recyclables was robbed on California Avenue early Tuesday morning, Palo Alto police said.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, January 18, 2012, 10:31 AM

Comments (14)

Posted by really, a resident of Adobe-Meadows
on Jan 18, 2012 at 12:15 pm

Anyone else think this story is hard to believe? Two guys use ski masks to rob a homeless guy?


Posted by funnie, a resident of South of Midtown
on Jan 18, 2012 at 2:59 pm

a person of not white ancestry would be ACCUSED of stealing if THEY were searching for ''recyclables''. utter hypocracy of ''justice system''. this has happened!!!


Posted by Phil, a resident of Downtown North
on Jan 18, 2012 at 4:32 pm

The PAPD have not responded to theft of recyclable materials for several years now due to budget cutbacks. So Funnie of South of Midtown I'm not sure where you're drawing this take from. How does a story about a street robbery turn into an accusation about racial profiling? Unreal some people.


Posted by robby, a resident of Professorville
on Jan 18, 2012 at 4:49 pm

You obviously have no idea how much money those people make stealing the recycling from collection barrels. They are getting rich off of city-owned cans and bottles!


Posted by Seriously?, a resident of Downtown North
on Jan 18, 2012 at 6:05 pm

@Robby, Are you for real? If we have no idea how much money some people who rifle through trash recycling are getting rich, please tell us exactly how much and how. I took 6 full trash barrels of cans and bottles in and got about $7 tops. That would maybe be a full nights work for someone homeless, hauling that much crap around. I don't agree with stealing anything but if you have nothing and have to eat, don't be a d*ck about it to those that have nothing.
This is all off topic --bummer for anyone getting robbed of anything. That is scary and your stuff is your stuff and violation is violation.


Posted by Agree, a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jan 19, 2012 at 11:06 am

@Seriously
I agree with Robby on this one. The recycling program counts on making money off of certain items and losing money on the rest. It won't survive if their stuff is picked over.
I also agree with you that the robbery is what's important here, and I hope the PAPD catches these guys.


Posted by ARE YOU KIDDING ME!!!!!, a resident of another community
on Jan 19, 2012 at 11:49 am

How did this article go from "robbery victim" to racial profiling?, budget cuts, PAPD issues, recycling monitoring?, etc., etc,.
THE MAN GOT ROBBED! show some compassion. Please don't throw blame on PAPD with out warrent....no pun intended!


Posted by Enough!, a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Jan 19, 2012 at 12:12 pm

I objected to someone stealing MY recycling, and wound up getting a letter from his freakin' ATTORNEY. That one made the paper. My feeling is that once I choose where to put my recycling, it becomes the property of the entity I have chosen. NOT the property of a thief. There is the old man with the bicycle and the miners hat with the light,(and his attorney), and there is a fat guy in a white Ford Escort with the backseat removed. They both cruise thru the neighborhoods in the middle of the night and take people's recycling. The old man claims the owners gave him 'permission.' He is quick to shout insults. If the owners have given permission, then they should place the recycling in a bag separate from the bins, because the bins belong to the City or whoever is handling our recycling these days. I asked a neighbor once why she cared where the recycling went, and she said that if we left it out for the City Of Palo Alto to take, it would help keep utility cost down. I believed her at the time, I don't anymore. I wonder, where DOES our recycle money go? We sure as hell don't have a dump anymore, and our utilities, once cheaper than PG&RE, are off the hook high.


Posted by Raymond Lucas, a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jan 19, 2012 at 12:31 pm

If they were wearing ski masks, how does he know they were Hispanic males? Accent? Adams apples? Bullshit? sorry about the last one....


Posted by Enough!, a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Jan 19, 2012 at 1:13 pm

Seriously. Where does our curbside recycle money GO?


Posted by Dan, a resident of Southgate
on Jan 19, 2012 at 2:16 pm

Apparently the City PAYS to have our recycling hauled away. I always assumed it was worth enough to collect for free, but CPAU is threatening to start charging for recycling, so that would imply it costs more to collect than its worth. Or, the City is getting ripped off by the company contracted to collect it. Or, it WAS profitable to collect, but isn't any longer because the CRV bottles and cans have been largely removed. Of course my condolences to the man who was robbed (what kind of loser robs a homeless guy), but I do think something is amiss in PA's recycling program.


Posted by Sunnyvale worker., a resident of College Terrace
on Jan 19, 2012 at 2:38 pm

Theives are taking copper from the light poles in Sunnyvale, making off with thousands of dollars. Take away the "weapon", whatever that was - and the "ski masks", and this is robbery was child's play.

But it IS A CRIME for any person to take recyclable materials from city streets, because merchants pay to have the materials taken by the proper authorized companies, and at a decent time of day, whereas, rattling around in trash bins in the wee hours of the morning causes disruption to neighbors. So the man 'collecting' trash and the robbers were all breaking the law.

If anyone sees "workers" hanging around light poles in the middle of the night - call the police.


Posted by Enough!, a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Jan 19, 2012 at 7:45 pm

@Dan: The City is threatening to start charging for recycling? Seriously? Can you link me to that?


Posted by Gaston Olvera, a resident of Midtown
on Jan 19, 2012 at 10:03 pm

I'm amazed how this "discussion" has turned into bickering about recycling policy, wondering where these funds go and not the fact that an armed robbery happened. If the victim was a Stanford professor or a jogging soccer mom the tone and the comments would be completely different. Please people think that you, a neighbor or one of your kids could be the next victim of this pair of masked assailants.


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