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Woman robbed inside Nordstrom at Stanford Shopping Center

Victim recognized alleged thief as an acquaintance

A woman reported to police she was robbed after making $2,500 worth of purchases inside Nordstrom at Stanford Shopping Center on April 26, 2022.

A woman who was shopping at Nordstrom at Stanford Shopping Center was robbed of $2,500 in purchases while inside the store on Tuesday, April 26, Palo Alto police said in a press release.

The victim, who is in her 20s, said she was leaving the register at about 4:45 p.m. when she was verbally accosted by a woman, who was accompanied by another female. The victim recognized the woman as someone with whom she was acquainted. The acquaintance allegedly grabbed the victim's shopping bags and fled the store.

The victim chased the two women on foot, but they left in a newer gray, four-door Toyota Camry and drove east on Sand Hill Road toward El Camino Real, the victim told police. The alleged robber was a passenger in the car while the other woman drove, police stated.

The victim described the robber as a Black female in her 20s, about 5-feet-1-inch tall and 140 pounds. She was wearing a black tank top, black jeans and sandals. Her accomplice was a Black female in her 20s wearing an orange shirt, black jacket, blue jeans and awhite surgical mask. The victim did not recognize the accomplice.

Police said no weapons were involved. The victim complained of abdominal pain after chasing the women but declined medical attention.

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Police are actively investigating the incident. Anyone with information is asked to call Palo Alto Police 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.

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Woman robbed inside Nordstrom at Stanford Shopping Center

Victim recognized alleged thief as an acquaintance

by / Palo Alto Weekly

Uploaded: Tue, Apr 26, 2022, 8:45 pm

A woman who was shopping at Nordstrom at Stanford Shopping Center was robbed of $2,500 in purchases while inside the store on Tuesday, April 26, Palo Alto police said in a press release.

The victim, who is in her 20s, said she was leaving the register at about 4:45 p.m. when she was verbally accosted by a woman, who was accompanied by another female. The victim recognized the woman as someone with whom she was acquainted. The acquaintance allegedly grabbed the victim's shopping bags and fled the store.

The victim chased the two women on foot, but they left in a newer gray, four-door Toyota Camry and drove east on Sand Hill Road toward El Camino Real, the victim told police. The alleged robber was a passenger in the car while the other woman drove, police stated.

The victim described the robber as a Black female in her 20s, about 5-feet-1-inch tall and 140 pounds. She was wearing a black tank top, black jeans and sandals. Her accomplice was a Black female in her 20s wearing an orange shirt, black jacket, blue jeans and awhite surgical mask. The victim did not recognize the accomplice.

Police said no weapons were involved. The victim complained of abdominal pain after chasing the women but declined medical attention.

Police are actively investigating the incident. Anyone with information is asked to call Palo Alto Police 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.

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Bystander
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Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Apr 27, 2022 at 10:56 am
Bystander, Another Palo Alto neighborhood
Registered user
on Apr 27, 2022 at 10:56 am

Being robbed by an acquaintance makes this sound that there is more than we know going on here.

Likewise, the baby kidnapped in San Jose recently by people known to the family.

In both cases we can be sympathetic to the victims for these crimes and crimes they are. But we are getting to the stage where we have to be careful who we trust as friends! If the bad guys are now working to get friendly with people just to make it easier to commit crime then this is a new low on the part of the criminals. The message has to be "be careful who your friends are, and every acquaintance may not be a future friend in the making".


Nancy the real Nancy
Registered user
Downtown North
on Apr 27, 2022 at 11:27 am
Nancy the real Nancy, Downtown North
Registered user
on Apr 27, 2022 at 11:27 am

I don't think this crime by an acquaintance justifies and "Breaking News" headline.


Green Gables
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Duveneck/St. Francis
on Apr 27, 2022 at 11:32 am
Green Gables, Duveneck/St. Francis
Registered user
on Apr 27, 2022 at 11:32 am

Why doesn't Nordstrom hire their own security inside the store?


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