Flustered robber fails to notice offered cash

Sunday morning robbery attempt in Midtown Palo Alto ends when would-be robber runs off

An apparently badly flustered wannabe robber fled with nothing early Sunday after twice failing to take proffered cash from the clerk at the 7-11 store in Midtown Palo Alto, police reported Tuesday.

Lt. Sandra Brown said the 4:28 a.m. robbery attempt involved a young man in his early 20s, wearing a white hooded sweatshirt pulled up over his face.

She said he entered the store, at 708 Colorado Ave., pulled a gun and demanded money. The clerk offered him cash, but instead he grabbed a woman customer and again demanded money.

"The clerk continued to offer the money," Brown reported. But instead "the suspect hesitated then fled the store, running east on Colorado Avenue." He took nothing with him, and neither the clerk nor the woman customer were injured, Brown reported.

Palo Alto police requested a canine unit from Mountain View police, but the dog was unable to establish a scent trail. The robber was described as black, about 6 feet tall and 180 pounds, she said.

-- Palo Alto Weekly staff

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Posted by Neighbor
a resident of South of Midtown
on Nov 17, 2010 at 7:33 am

How come they didn't use Palo Alto Police Dept.'s canine unit?

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Posted by woof
a resident of Midtown
on Nov 17, 2010 at 10:24 am

You didn't hear? Our dog retired to take his $100,000 pension!

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Posted by Jerome
a resident of Crescent Park
on Nov 17, 2010 at 10:34 am

Shame on the Palo Alto Weekly for erasing my previous comment!
Have we entered the age of censorship?

My previous comment:

In a city like ours, in order to discourage racial profiling, the Weekly should not describe the suspect as "black" until he is apprehended. Otherwise we would be encouraging the police to look for black suspects matching the description - we clearly don't want them to focus only on black members of our community. The police should stop and question any male who if 6 feet tall and about 180 pounds regardless of his race.

I hope you won't erase my comment this time...

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Posted by Palo Parent
a resident of Greenmeadow
on Nov 17, 2010 at 11:05 am

"The robber was described as black, about 6 feet tall and 180 pounds, she said."

Jerome: Based on the description listed above, why on earth wouldn't you be looking for subjects that were "black"?

Or is this a PC thing?

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Posted by paul
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Nov 17, 2010 at 11:19 am

Palo parent: I believe Jerome was indulging in a bit of sarcasm...

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Posted by John
a resident of another community
on Nov 17, 2010 at 2:00 pm

What about height and weight profiling, Jerome. I think the police should be able to stop and question any male regardless of his height, weight or race. Or for that matter, any female as well.

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Posted by Jerome
a resident of Crescent Park
on Nov 17, 2010 at 2:23 pm

Dear Palo Parent:

The reason you would not be looking for suspects that match the description is because this is Palo Alto and we get in trouble for stuff like that.
Yes... I was being sarcastic before.

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Posted by This is PC
a resident of Community Center
on Nov 17, 2010 at 2:59 pm

Here is a perfectly legal way to catch the suspect:

Stop every 7th car and ask if he she is the suspect. If they say yes.. viola we are done.

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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Nov 17, 2010 at 4:02 pm

No, the cops don't get into trouble when looking for a suspect. They get into trouble (or their chief does) when they only focus on the black suspect and not the white one, as your chief did. Your former chief, that is.

We all know racial profiling, as well as other types of profiling which affects various minority groups happens all the time. It's when the authorities get caught doing it, or state publicly that's what they'll do do they get into trouble. It's the sneaky profiling that's tacitly acceptable.

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Posted by Confused
a resident of Midtown
on Nov 17, 2010 at 4:20 pm

So, then why did they take away demographic profiling?
We all know that the current Chief is no different than the old Chief and nothing has changed. This happened in 2008 when there was a Robber at the train stations. This is no different. So what make us think that they are not doing the same thing this time around, they are just going to watch their tongue now.

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Posted by Enough!
a resident of Charleston Meadows
on Nov 18, 2010 at 11:05 am

Soft racial profiling is accepted and even encouraged in fighting crime and terrorism....even the NAACP says that the use of this kind of profiling is necessary.

It is HARD profiling which is discriminatory and dangerous.

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