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Police nab suspected 'smelly' bank robber

Police arrested a man suspected of shoplifting at a CVS Pharmacy Tuesday whom they believe is the same malodorous man who robbed a bank last week. Officers had asked for the public's help in finding the alleged bank robber who was described as having a strong body odor.

William Brackin, a 45-year-old transient, was allegedly found shoplifting at the CVS Pharmacy at 850 California St. and was spotted by a police officer as he was leaving, according to Sgt. Saul Jaeger of the Mountain View Police Department.

A witness described Brackin's appearance to a police officer, and the description matched that of the man who robbed the Bank of America branch on Castro Street on July 1.

At least five police officers surrounded the area and arrested Brackin on Castro Street at around 11 a.m. July 8 in front of Art Frame Studio and Easy Foods Company.

Jaeger said Brackin was positively identified as a suspect for the CVS shoplifting, and positively identified as a suspect in the July 1 robbery.

Brackin allegedly stole $1,300 in cash from the Bank of America without the use of a weapon. Witnesses said the man had a strong odor that indicated he hadn't showered in a long time.

As of 2:30 p.m. Tuesday afternoon, Brackin was set to be transported to the San Jose Main Jail and booked on charges of robbery and petty theft with a prior.

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Posted by Alex M
a resident of Willowgate
on Jul 8, 2014 at 4:21 pm

Heh. Remember that Seinfeld episode in which a parking valet's body odor couldn't be removed from Seinfeld's car?

I can imagine the discussion between the cops: "Who wants to take him in?" "Not on MY car." "Let him sit in YOUR car". "Can someone else drive?" "I wish I had a motorcycle!"


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Posted by Randy
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Jul 9, 2014 at 10:10 am

This looks a lot like a guy who hangs out by the Castro and El Camino Real bus stop all the time, I see him walking up and down El Camino around that area a lot too. Not sure how much the MV police interact with the homeless but if this is the same guy I'm thinking of then I'm surprised they needed the public's help to identify him.


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Posted by Sparty
a resident of another community
on Jul 9, 2014 at 2:21 pm

Sparty is a registered user.

I'm amazed that tech hasn't gotten to the point where it's cheap enough for security cameras to be upgraded.


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Posted by DP
a resident of another community
on Jul 11, 2014 at 12:15 pm

Hello,
This story has not been reported correctly.First of all the cop did not spot
William Brackin as he left the CVS. In fact the CVS Assistant Manager Jeff called the cops as he followed William Brackin out of the CVS from California Street to Castro Street the whole time on the phone with the cops while following William Brackin until the cops showed up and he pointed out William Brackin as the man they were looking for and at that point is when the cops first observed William Brackin on Castro Street & detained him then subsequently arrested him. I would like to say thank you Jeff for being so courageous & leading the cops to the suspect.
GREAT JOB JEFF!


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