Police arrested a man suspected of shoplifting at a CVS Pharmacy in Mountain View Tuesday who they believe is the same malodorous man who robbed a bank last week. Officers had asked for the public's help in finding the alleged bank robber who was described as having a strong body odor.
William Brackin, a 45-year-old transient, was allegedly found shoplifting at the CVS Pharmacy at 850 California St. and was spotted by a police officer as he was leaving, according to Sgt. Saul Jaeger of the Mountain View Police Department.
A witness described Brackin's appearance to a police officer, and the description matched that of the man who robbed the Bank of America branch on Castro Street on July 1.
At least five police officers surrounded the area and arrested Brackin on Castro Street at around 11 a.m. July 8 in front of Art Frame Studio and Easy Foods Company.
Jaeger said Brackin was positively identified as a suspect for the CVS shoplifting, and positively identified as a suspect in the July 1 robbery.
Brackin allegedly stole $1,300 in cash from the Bank of America without the use of a weapon. Witnesses said the man had a strong odor that indicated he hadn't showered in a long time.
As of 2:30 p.m. Tuesday afternoon, Brackin was set to be transported to the San Jose Main Jail and booked on charges of robbery and petty theft with a prior.