Monday, 15 April 2013

Palo Alto bank robbed for second time this year

Palo Alto bank robbed for second time this year, Palo Alto police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a man who robbed a local credit union over the weekend.

The unidentified suspect entered Provident Credit Union on El Camino Real just after 9 a.m. Saturday and presented the teller with a note demanding money. The note claimed the suspect was armed, but witnesses reported that no weapon was seen.

Police say the suspect fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash. Witnesses reported seeing him driving away in a silver or gray two-door sedan, possibly a Ford Thunderbird, headed southbound on El Camino.

The suspect was described as a black man in his 40s or 50s, between 5’9” and 6’1” with a thin build. He was wearing a black nylon jacket with a white and gray horizontal stripe across the chest, black nylon pants with a white stripe down the legs, a white wristwatch, and white shoes. He wore glasses and a black baseball hat at the time of the robbery and was carrying a black backpack.

Palo Alto police have released a surveillance photo of the suspect in the hopes that someone will be able to identify him.

This is the second time this year that Providence Credit Union has been robbed. In the prior incident, on January 9, an arrest has been made and charges are currently pending against the suspect.

Anyone with information on Saturday’s robbery is urged to contact Palo Alto police at (650) 329-2413.

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