Bank robbed by man with threatening note


Mountain View Police are looking for a 50-year-old man who robbed the Heritage Bank of Commerce on El Camino Real near Grant Road June 2 with only a note saying that he had a gun.

A gun was never seen by bank employees who gave the man an undisclosed amount of cash. He was last seen in the shopping center's parking lot fleeing away from Highway 85 towards Burger King.

The suspect is described a white male adult in his 50s with a thin build and medium height. He had gray hair and a dark baseball cap.

Police are reviewing security camera footage of the robbery and are contacting other police departments that may have experienced similar robberies.

Anonymous tips about the robbery can be made to police at 650-903-6344.


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Posted by The Eye
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jun 8, 2010 at 3:32 pm

Looks like somebody's unemployment funds ran finally ran out. This is going to keep happening with increasing frequency, as times get worse, folks, as long as the powers that be keep saying "Let them eat cake" (see 1789).

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Posted by photo?
a resident of another community
on Jun 8, 2010 at 5:28 pm

All banks have cameras. Why don't we have a photo of this guy?

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Posted by mark
a resident of North Whisman
on Jun 8, 2010 at 10:20 pm

maybe he robbed the bank to buy some weed from the new marijuana dispensary. then hopefully he has some left over for munchies at 7-11.

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Posted by Billy
a resident of another community
on Jun 8, 2010 at 11:19 pm

Why are they telling us the suspects race? Oh because he's white...thats why. When the suspect is black they never tell you what race he is...

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Posted by Andrea Gemmet
Mountain View Voice Editor
on Jun 9, 2010 at 11:19 am

Andrea Gemmet is a registered user.

The Voice does not mention race unless it is relevant to the story.

In this case, there is a bank robbery suspect at large, so we have run a description provided by the police department. You'll notice that this is what we always do when there is a suspect description for someone being sought by police. We do not discriminate against any particular type of people suspected of committing crimes, which should be pretty clear from reading past crime stories that include suspect descriptions.

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Posted by mv resident
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jun 9, 2010 at 12:40 pm

Implying sick medical marijuana patients rob banks to buy their medicine is deplorable and disgusting. Ignorance has no place here.

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Posted by Thom
a resident of Jackson Park
on Jun 12, 2010 at 12:35 pm

Armed guards need to be in our banks. At least it would be a deterrent.

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