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Palo Alto police seek woman who robbed bank

No weapon was seen in the incident at Star One Credit Union

Police are looking for a woman who robbed a Palo Alto bank on Tuesday morning, according to a police department press release.

The woman entered the Star One Credit Union, at 3903 El Camino Real, waited in line and passed a note to a teller, robbing the bank. No weapon was seen, police said.

Police officers, who were notified about the incident at about 10:20 a.m., arrived but were unable to locate the robber, described as a heavy-set, African-American woman in her 20s or 30s and about 5 feet 10 inches tall. She had long, dark hair and was wearing sunglasses, a light-colored blouse and a black jacket.

The woman escaped on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash, police said. She was last seen running east on the 400 block of Ventura Avenue. No vehicle was seen, police said.

Detectives investigating this case are working with area agencies to determine if the woman is responsible for any other robberies.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the police department's 24-hour dispatch center at 650-329-2413. Anonymous tips can be emailed to paloalto@tipnow.org or sent via text message or voice mail to 650-383-8984.

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19 people like this
Posted by What
a resident of Barron Park
on Aug 2, 2016 at 6:29 pm

How can any bank employee not be suspicious when someone is wearing sun glasses and wig inside near teller. So glad all employees are safe.
The camera did a great job taking the photo.


15 people like this
Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 2, 2016 at 6:45 pm

Banks are becoming targets. I feel for all the tellers who have no protection. Why aren't there bullet proof glass between tellers and the bank customers?


36 people like this
Posted by looks like a guy
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 2, 2016 at 6:53 pm

It looks like a wig, so maybe they should not discount it being a guy


21 people like this
Posted by home.melissa
a resident of College Terrace
on Aug 2, 2016 at 8:11 pm

home.melissa is a registered user.

Um .... think there is a big chance that is a guy.


26 people like this
Posted by True That
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Aug 2, 2016 at 8:27 pm

This is obviously a male wearing a wig and glasses but PAPD would get hammered if they said it like it is.


5 people like this
Posted by NoMoPa
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 2, 2016 at 9:18 pm

@looks like a guy - you are being transphobic. If it dresses like a lady, it is a lady.


13 people like this
Posted by Jeff
a resident of Greenmeadow
on Aug 3, 2016 at 10:37 am

@NoMoPa, transphobic? Seriously? If it dresses like a lady, it is [perhaps] a lady...or perhaps a man in disguise. Remove the glasses, suspected wig, and purse, and what do you see? The robber's body build shape seems masculine (broad shoulders, height, set of jaw). I (and others here) are not making a determination of gender here, just suggesting a plausible scenario that isn't remotely indicative of any phobia.


11 people like this
Posted by home.melissa
a resident of College Terrace
on Aug 3, 2016 at 11:54 am

home.melissa is a registered user.

OMG are male robbers who put a wig and dress on now safe from a police investigation into a 'male' suspect because of anti discrimination rules to protect the transgender community?? Are the police not even allowed to open up the investigation to males?? If so this is not good for anyone ... accept savvy thieves who are happy to game the system.


9 people like this
Posted by Marj
a resident of Walter Hays School
on Aug 3, 2016 at 12:58 pm

Remember Folks that just because someone wears a wig and sunglasses does not mean that they are a bank robber. Let's remember that people wear wigs because they are going through cancer treatment, have alopecia,( a hair loss autoamuine disorder,etc. Some folks wear sunglasses because of sensitivity to light, are blind, of suffer from some other diseases.


8 people like this
Posted by home.melissa
a resident of College Terrace
on Aug 3, 2016 at 1:36 pm

home.melissa is a registered user.

Marj totally agree and people should never comment or judge people on their appearance but the trouble is this 'lady' with a wig and sunglasses also robbed a bank :) And it would be good if the police had the ability to consider all likely suspects not just female ones when the evidence clearly seems to suggest this is not a female at all.


17 people like this
Posted by Shocked
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 3, 2016 at 1:50 pm

When one of my former students was in college, she worked for B of A as a teller during her summer vacation.

One Friday, a bank robber walked in, went to her window, and demanded all the cash she had in her drawer. He claimed to have a gun! It appeared to her and the bank customers that he had a gun under his shirt. She gave him her cash, which was about $5,000, and the robber ran off.

The jerk of a bank manager, who was HIDING during this robbery, came up to Kerry and upbraided her, in front of everyone present, for giving the robber the contents of her cash drawer! One of the customers actually told the bank manager to "get off her back, for Christ's sake!"

She finished her shift, but quit the next day. No teller is paid enough to risk their life like that!


8 people like this
Posted by anonymous
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Aug 3, 2016 at 2:14 pm

We need more security measures in place at banking institutions. One cannot be suspicious of an unusual looking person (this sure looks like a man with a wig on to me!), and the odds of it being a transgender person are very unlikely, and in any case it IS a robber, so the better alternative is to make it crystal clear to all entering the bank that "you are on multiple cameras" with signs. "All threats and robberies will be fully prosecuted" statement, too. Tolerating some percentage of this is NOT OK, IMO. BTW, the PUBLIC is at risk in all these robberies, too!


3 people like this
Posted by Well well well
a resident of Midtown
on Aug 3, 2016 at 3:59 pm

I guess that's one way to make your rent check for the month of August. Yeahh wouldn't discount a man in there with a really bad bra, but some women do look like this robber.

On the other hand I'm glad the staff was OK .

Ps in this day and age really why steal it in person ? more efficient to do steal it electronically


3 people like this
Posted by NoMoPa
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 8, 2016 at 4:22 pm

I want to apologize to the LGVTQVH community, turns out it actually was a woman!!

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