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Police arrest Mountain View bank robbery suspect

Santa Clara resident charged with Sept. 16 Heritage Bank heist -- and four other South Bay bank robberies

Police arrested a Santa Clara man and charged him with five South Bay bank robberies, including last week's robbery of the Heritage Bank of Commerce, located at 175 E. El Camino Real.

Cyrus Cesar Wietecha, 32, of Santa Clara is suspected of robbing the Mountain View bank last Thursday (Sept. 16), according to Detective Brian Eagan of the Mountain View Police Department. Eagan said the man is also suspected of committing four other bank robberies in San Jose and Santa Clara.

Jaime Garrett, a spokeswoman for the police department, said the man entered the bank shortly before 9:30 a.m. and displayed a note to a teller. Police were notified of the robbery by silent alarm.

Eagan said police departments in Santa Clara and Sunnyvale helped Mountain View police track down Wietecha.

— Nick Veronin

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Posted by Just Wondering
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Sep 21, 2010 at 3:47 pm

> said the man entered the bank shortly before 9:30 a.m. and
> displayed a note to a teller

Assuming that the robber actually had a weapon, maybe it's time to require banks to install metal detectors of some sort on the doors of their offices.

> Police were notified of the robbery by silent alarm.

Does this mean there was no armed guard on duty in the bank that was robbed?

> man is also suspected of committing four other bank
> robberies in San Jose and Santa Clara.

You'd think that in the home of the Silicon Valley there would be more than enough technology around to keep the number of successful heists down to one or two.


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Posted by Huh?
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Sep 21, 2010 at 4:08 pm

"Just wondering", have you been through airport security lately? Almost anything makes the metal detectors beep. Customers are going to resent everyday patdowns. Perhaps they could set the detectors to detect larger amounts of metal, like gun-sized amounts?


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Posted by Just Wondering
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Sep 21, 2010 at 4:26 pm

> Almost anything makes the metal detectors beep.

The "beep" because they have been designed to beep. There is no reason that the metal detectors at banks would have to beep at the customers. However, they would want to "beep" for bank security personnel.

> Customers are going to resent everyday patdowns.

Agreed. There is no reason that anyone but a "bad guy" would ever have to "assume the position" with a well designed approach.

> Perhaps they could set the detectors to detect larger
> amounts of metal, like gun-sized amounts?

On point!


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