Palo Alto police release sketch of wanted bank robber Crimes & Incidents, posted by Editor, Palo Alto Online, on Jan 9, 2013 at 4:49 pm
A man who robbed the Provident Credit Union in Palo Alto Wednesday afternoon remains at large. The man, who police described as a tall white man in his 30s with a scar above one of his eyes, entered the bank at around 3:30 p.m. and pointed a handgun at the tellers. He escaped with an undisclosed amount of cash, Palo Alto police said.
Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, January 9, 2013, 4:08 PM
Posted by photo, a resident of the Downtown North neighborhood, on Jan 9, 2013 at 6:53 pm
A couple of months ago, a series of robberies around town were committed by a suspect or suspects described as skinny younger white men. PAPD circulated an artists sketch. Was that perp ever identified or caught? If not, is there enough of a pattern now to start racial profiling? Armed robbery needs to be treated extremely seriously.
Posted by musical, a resident of the Palo Verde neighborhood, on Jan 9, 2013 at 7:52 pm
Had to think a minute why PAPD posts to Facebook rather than their own area of the City's website. I suppose Facebook reaches more people more quickly, since more people routinely log in to Facebook than look at the City website, and PAPD items will be right there in front for anyone who has indicated an interest. Probably not too late to buy some FB shares.
Posted by Why So Fuzzy?, a member of the Palo Alto High School community, on Jan 9, 2013 at 9:09 pm
Why do those business cameras always have out-of-focus photos? See Palo Alto Patch's photo: Web Link Technology can surely do better than a photo of. . . oh, a Caucasian male in a white baseball cap but I can barely see any other features! And I am supposed to recognize him on the street? And the cameras are always above so we can't get a straight shot of the face. Don't they have mini camera lenses these days that they can post basically everywhere?
I saw a photo of a man stealing packages from a house in Palo Alto and the camera photos were so clear that I could practically see a zit.
Posted by photo, a resident of the Downtown North neighborhood, on Jan 9, 2013 at 10:33 pm
If you see anyone with the right height and build and facial shape, just call the police and let them sort it out. Better yet, if you personally know someone that looks like this, then call the police immediately. The press release says he is armed and dangerous, so don't confront him. Let the police do their job.
Posted by Anymouse101, a resident of the Midtown neighborhood, on Jan 10, 2013 at 7:29 pm
I read the story this a.m., and thought I had seen his face before -- and it came to me, also, the WALGREEN'S Pharmacy robbery.
I wonder if the PAPD have thought of this -- his nose, definitely, looks the same in BOTH photos, and the facial structure seems the same. The hats are both white, but different hats, I think the blue shirt has writing on the front-right side on the Walgreen's photo, no writing on the other photo.
Well, I wear very similar clothing all the time, I buy lots of the same 'types' of clothing, maybe this guy has more than one blue shirt, more than one white cap -- I'm just thinking his facial features and expression are the exact same in both photos captured.
Posted by musical, a resident of the Palo Verde neighborhood, on Jan 10, 2013 at 9:53 pm
The credit union put him at 6-foot-1 and Walgreens had him "about 6-feet to 6-feet-2-inches." Maybe different hats but those long arched bills sure look similar. The jacket collar seems to stand up open around his neck the same way.
Though it looks blue-ish on my monitor, the jacket was described as tan here and gray at Walgreens. Fluorescent lighting will affect how colors are perceived by humans and by cameras, or maybe they are different jackets. Apparently the large bags were used to conceal the weapon, and perhaps also the identifying hat as soon as he got out of sight. I must assume PAPD is way ahead of us, but they haven't tipped their hand.
Felicity of Los Altos (6 posts up) may have nailed it, venturing that the guy's problem is addiction with oxy as "the top choice."
Posted by Bob , a resident of the Community Center neighborhood, on Jan 11, 2013 at 6:51 am
Cold weather - and no shoes - flip flops. No mask - distinctive height and build. I'll bet
this is a desperate man hoping to get caught to get medical help, food, and a warm place to sleep. On drugs? Probably. And I'll also bet he's a vet - maybe war wounded. physically or mentally. Iraq or wherever. Their number is legion.