Police took a Mountain View resident into custody early Friday morning in connection with a series of bank robberies in Pleasanton and Campbell, during which the suspect allegedly entered the three banks dressed in a jacket and tie and handed the teller a demand note.
After receiving an anonymous tip, Campbell police arrested Numan Pinarli, 22, at 1:30 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 14 at his home on Castro Street, according to Captain Greg Finch. Pinarli was in the U.S. on a student visa to attend Foothill Community College, but district spokeswoman Becky Bartindale said he last registered for Foothill classes in spring 2007.
Police said they did not know his immigration status.
Pinarli allegedly robbed a bank in Pleasanton on Oct. 30 and then the Guaranty Bank in Campbell the next day. He allegedly robbed Washington Mutual several weeks later on Nov. 10. He is charged with three counts of robbery.
Campbell police said Pinarli was compliant and is currently being held on $100,000 bail. The suspect had prior offenses, including petty theft, but Finch said it was "really minor stuff. No violence of anything."