Bank robbed on El Camino

Police report that a man with a handgun robbed a Mountain View bank on E. El Camino Real on Monday afternoon.

According to police, at 3:06 p.m., a man walked into Pacific National Bank at 820 E. El Camino Real, approached a teller, and opened his jacket to show he had a gun in his waistband. He then demanded money.

The teller gave the man an undisclosed amount of cash. A witness outside reportedly saw the man leave behind the building.

Police say they have surveillance footage, but earlier this week they did not yet know the identity of the robber. He was described as a white male in his 50s, of slight to average build and with brown hair.

— Kelsey Mesher


Posted by USA, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Mar 18, 2010 at 2:00 pm

That is the bank in front of the Office Bar. It was hit a while ago by some guy who left the bar, robbed the bank, and walked back into the bar as if nothing happened.

"white male in his 50s" describes the Office Bar patrons more than most of the robbers around Mtn View. (Yeah, I know, that's not PC. Feel free to pull out the race card.) Anyway, I'd put even money on the Office Bar connection.

Posted by Big Al, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Mar 18, 2010 at 2:34 pm

Maybe he was a recently laid off Mountain View teacher.

Posted by USA, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Mar 18, 2010 at 2:43 pm

Hmmm, you know, that does describe Craig Goldman. Maybe he's out to raise $6 million in small, unmarked bills.

Posted by dumbfound, a resident of Shoreline West
on Mar 18, 2010 at 2:58 pm

I hope he left my CD intact. LOL. Our politicians and city Officials steal more everyday than these small time bank thieves by paying themselves very high salaries,travel perks, leasing expensive cars,etc..

Posted by Sonny, a resident of Willowgate
on Mar 18, 2010 at 4:10 pm

Maybe it was that gadfly Ghysels, soon to be out of a job since "market conditions" don't seem to be in his favor at the moment.

Posted by White Male, a resident of Blossom Valley
on Mar 18, 2010 at 5:09 pm

I fit that description, but it wasn't me. Did that bank have another name previously?

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