A 30-year-old man has been nabbed for the March 22 robbery at the Palo Alto Baskin-Robbins store and is being held in connection with 12 additional alleged robberies in other cities.
The man was arrested on Wednesday night in San Jose for other robberies by the U.S. Marshals Service and the San Jose Police Department, Palo Alto police said in a press release on Friday. Detectives have served an arrest warrant on him for the Palo Alto case.
Palo Alto officers responded to a call on Monday at about 7:41 p.m. regarding a robbery that had occurred about 35 minutes earlier at the Baskin-Robbins ice cream store at 2615 Middlefield Road. A man entered the business and ordered food. When the employee, a woman in her 20s, returned with the food, he pointed a black semi-automatic handgun at her, ordered her to open the cash register, and took cash.
Video surveillance showed he also stole money from the tip jar. He exited the store and was last seen driving southbound on Middlefield Road in a four-door sedan.
Palo Alto Police distributed a news release about the robbery on March 23 and included a still image of the man. Detectives worked collaboratively with regional law enforcement agencies who were investigating similar robberies in their own jurisdictions and were soon able to identify the suspect.
The San Jose Police Department and multiple Bay Area law enforcement agencies worked collaboratively for months to identify and apprehend the person responsible for six armed robberies of Subway stores in San Jose and seven additional armed robberies throughout the Bay Area, including in Milpitas, Fremont, Union City, Redwood City and Palo Alto, San Jose police said in a separate statement.
Palo Alto police detectives received an arrest warrant on Friday from the Santa Clara County Superior Court for one count of felony robbery. Detectives served the warrant while he was in custody at the Santa Clara County Main Jail.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the department's 24-hour dispatch center at 650-329-2413. Anonymous tips can be emailed to [email protected] or sent by text message or voicemail to 650-383-8984. Tips can also be submitted anonymously through the police's free mobile app, downloadable at bit.ly/PAPD-AppStore or bit.ly/PAPD-GooglePlay.
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