Local arrested in bank rob spree


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."


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Posted by Ned
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Nov 17, 2008 at 2:28 pm

Police "did not know" his immigration status, or did not want to know? This guy was on a student visa and hasn't been enrolled since Spring 2007. The joke is on us. Now we will have to support this guy in our prisons.

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a resident of Sylvan Park
on Nov 17, 2008 at 3:10 pm

"Really minor stuff. No violence or anything" Sounds like we should be feeling sorry for him and let him go. F that! Send him to the rape camps!

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Posted by Dylan
a resident of North Whisman
on Nov 17, 2008 at 6:40 pm

Many people have odd opinions about robberies.

Some make big deals out of bank robberies, where all losses are insured, and there is very little indirect harm to anyone. Meanwhile, retail store robberies hardly make headlines anymore ... which are often violent w/gun use and cause people to go out of business or lose their lives.

This guy wasn't even armed. He robbed 3 banks with a suit and a note. That says more about bank security and police than it does about the bank robber.

Under US law, he's looking at up to 20 years for each count of robbery (60), and a fine for each count.

And then he might finally be deported. We're all going to pay in more to imprison this guy than whatever it was he stole. Fact.

You may go back to your rhetorical arguments.

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Posted by wtf
a resident of Monta Loma
on Nov 18, 2008 at 12:59 pm

I thought the suspect was an older white guy with grey hair?

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Posted by USA
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Nov 18, 2008 at 4:00 pm

The guy is from Bornova, Turkey.

Unlike the MV Police Dept and the editor of this Newspaper, I have special access to inside information from secret sources. I cannot tell you the main source, but it rhymes with Another secret source that I used is "Faceboo-".

Sheesh. Try searching on "Numan Pinarli".

Why is this guy robbing banks all way over in Pleasanton but living in Mountain View? Hint: "Sanctuar-"

Want to try a question without a hint? How about: how many crimes can you commit before being deported? Oh alright, one little hint: "prior offenses" is plural.

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Posted by Death to Turks
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Nov 18, 2008 at 9:11 pm

I knew this person really well. He is the worst human on Earth, extremely deceptive, compulsive cheater, he screwed MANY people over, and what he stole in total from his acquaintances easily exceeds the amount that he stole from those banks! Fact! Such a person should rot in hell for doing all of this while having a 1-year old kid and a young wife to take care of. Don't anybody dare to say that three bank robberies without a gun don't really mean anything! Only a FUNDAMENTALLY FLAWED human being could perform the crimes that Numan committed in the sequence that he did.

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Posted by Dylan
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Nov 18, 2008 at 11:39 pm

"Death to Turks" ... Really? Honestly I didn't come here to argue but I take umbrage with these xenophobic polemics.

Nobody said bank robberies don't amount to anything. Re-read what was written again and understand. Let the punishment fit the crime. People should expect more from the police and bank security. More results on prevention and mitigation. Run the numbers on how much this actually costs everyone.

Finally, people should not be so easily taken in by others. Trust should be earned over time; if you were taken advantage of you should take it as a lesson. Don't be a victim. And if you were, did you report it? Or did you wait until now to say something?

If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the problem.

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Posted by DTT
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Nov 19, 2008 at 10:26 pm

You are evidently very clever, Dylan, but unfortunately you are too naive to understand that some people are impossible to perceive the true nature of even over a very long period of time. For me this period was three years, and I still wouldn't be able to tell that this could have happened. Even his wife who he was together with for years did not know even the slightest truth about the actual nature of this person.

Furthermore, people's expectations from the police won't do anything, but such a villain absolutely HAS to get a strong punishment to set an example for others who might plan to rob a couple of banks over a week to get some pocket cash.

Also, who are you to judge what punishment "fits" the crime?? You don't even know jack about this person and about how many lives he complicated with his awful deeds, and you dare to judge me, a person who actually suffered from that scum, just because you think that you have more insight on the problem? As I said Dylan, you are apparently quite naive, and the worst part is, you're just worried about your own ass and how much it costs you to teach that bastard a lesson. You are an underinformed egotist. Good luck with living your cozy life.

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Posted by Dylan
a resident of North Whisman
on Nov 20, 2008 at 6:10 pm

I'm not judging you. However speaking of judging -- the reason we have courts and judicial process is so that overly emotional people cannot hijack the process. You are making an emotional argument, not one based on reason.

Also, you are totally mistaken is that by putting this one guy in prison for 60 years that it serves as a deterrent to others. Completely wrong. You may have cause for feeling vindictive - however, our prison system is filled with people who were not deterred by the criminal sentences of others before them. People are in prison because they got caught. Simple.

Again, I emphasized that more needs to be done in the way of theft prevention and security of banks, and shorting the police response time -- not chasing people after the fact, or putting them away for half a lifetime. That is not rehabilitation. It is basically a death sentence. "Teach that bastard a lesson." If he was born in the US, he'd come out of prison in 10-20 or more years, with no money, no job, and zero prospects due to a rap sheet. Trying to live in the real world would be harder than going back to prison. Risking another crime is an easy decision to make, and this is why so many end up back in prison. They've become institutionalized.

If you think that this pattern we've been in for so many years makes sense then my point stands: you are part of the problem. More than one in 100 adults in the United States is in jail or prison, an all-time high that is costing state governments nearly $50 billion a year and the federal government $5 billion more

Everyone pays for that, literally and figuratively.

I suppose you cannot listen to reasoned arguments without losing your mind. So there is no point in continuing this thread.

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Posted by unknowen
a resident of another community
on Nov 22, 2008 at 2:45 pm

i was actually friends with numan for a bit. i met his wife and his kid. he used to be a waiter at a resturant down in castro mountain view, he then became buisness partner with another friend of mine. they opened up a store on castro together selling tvs and cameras ect. numan then stole money from his partner. i was disappointed with what he did and lost any respect i had for the guy, but we continued to be friends and he came to my home a few times and then he disapeard. next thing i hear is that he robbed banks. i couldnt believe it.

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Posted by ROFL
a resident of Waverly Park
on Nov 28, 2008 at 10:44 am

Shows you the weak security these banks have.

A note and that is all?
How about if 3 heavily armed men stormed a bank?
Each one with a 9mm and an Ak-47??? What would security do?

If they can't do anything to someone with a note....they won't do anything to armed men.

INCREASE SECURITY, we live in modern times. This is not the old west!
I expect better from Mountain view, i want to feel safe going into a bank, not have a bunch of security guards who are incompetent.

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Posted by justice
a resident of Jackson Park
on Nov 29, 2008 at 6:46 am

get a short piece of rope and a tall tree......

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Posted by Clueless PC Twit
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Dec 1, 2008 at 9:54 am

No. No. No. Putting people in jail is a violation of their civil rights, you racist pig. Armed robbery is just his way of saying -- I need a hug.

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Posted by dizzygirl
a resident of another community
on Dec 5, 2008 at 3:34 pm

I think that mabey some of the robbers out there are victoms of the times. I,m not saying this guy is one of those victoms, but come on it is becoming more of a risk worth taking for some people.

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Posted by someone
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Dec 29, 2008 at 11:42 pm

wow, I go to Foothill and I had a class with his Japanese wife.

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