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Couple robbed at East Bayshore Road post office

Original post made on Aug 27, 2013

A couple was robbed by two men, one armed with a handgun, at the Palo Alto Post Office on East Bayshore Road early Tuesday morning, Aug. 27.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, August 27, 2013, 9:02 AM

Comments

Posted by Resident, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 27, 2013 at 9:47 am

Considering the number of brazen, daylight, downtown armed robberies, this comes as no surprise to me.

Our main post office is in an area very convenient for car trips although not so easy by foot or even by bike and much easier for a car to get to than the downtown Post Office. The fact that it is on an easy get away route with very little night traffic makes this an ideal spot for criminal activity also.

Does this Post Office have cctv cameras in the parking lot? At this time of night were there people working in the mail rooms at the back?

I would suggest that this was a crime of opportunity as someone driving along Bayshore noticed the couple and decided they would be an easy target. I am so pleased that this couple were not hurt.

I hope the police can do something to put a serious dent in the amount of armed crime we are seeing now.


Posted by Bill, a resident of Palo Verde
on Aug 27, 2013 at 10:01 am

Hopefully the victims or Palo Alto Police have contacted the US Postal Inspection Service. They handle federal law enforcement and security for the postal service. Armed robbery of a post office is a federal crime.


Posted by anonymous, a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Aug 27, 2013 at 10:14 am

I use this post office a lot. It is our main post office. I think this is a prominent government facility that needs to have better security.
I hope law enforcement actively works to catch these criminals, or else maybe they will try it again. I find this to be an isolated spot even in daytime, and I would never go there at night, although people are free to mail letters in the mailboxes there (and access their PO mailboxes within the facility?) at all hours of the day and night.
I absolutely hope they have surveillance cameras all over that place, it is a federal facility and there is not expectation of privacy.


Posted by danos, a resident of another community
on Aug 27, 2013 at 10:14 am

There is nothing the police can do to prevent this sort of thing, as any attempts to focus attention on those committing the crimes would result in "outrage".


Posted by Prefer to bike and woudl like to be safe., a resident of South of Midtown
on Aug 27, 2013 at 10:19 am

It would be very nice to have a small post office In TOWN. Good grief. This location is just awful for both security and convenient trips on foot or bike.

I'm annoyed.


Posted by Green Gables, a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Aug 27, 2013 at 10:24 am

There was no reason to get out of their car to mail letters as the post office is NOT open. The drive up boxes are in the driveway and no one needs to get out of their car to drop letters into the box. Was this a mistake on the journalist's writing?


Posted by AR, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 27, 2013 at 10:25 am

The curious thing about this is that one does not need to get out of one's car to mail letters at this post office b/c there's a row of 3 or 4 mailboxes that one can drop letters into from one's car.


Posted by TimH, a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Aug 27, 2013 at 10:33 am

With a few lucky tips and the "usual suspects", this case will be resolved; wonder if this is a Federal case as it happened on their turf? Perhaps parking lots are still local jurisdiction!

To NOTE, this is a situation that is older than most PA Weekly readers and called out in the article: "...pulled into the post office parking lot after midnight to mail letters..." In my entire life it has never been advisable to go to the EPA Post Office, or anyplace in EPA, late at night. Ok, perhaps in the late 1950's it was still OK. All of the statements to improve security, etc. are good but even the old downtown Post Office wasn't safe after midnight. The police will tell you to wake up and be smart. Don't finish errands in the middle of the night.


Posted by Bob , a resident of Community Center
on Aug 27, 2013 at 10:58 am

To Resident - another neighborhood.
This did not happen 'downtown'. It happened on East Bayshore between Embarcadero and the Creek. Never EVER go there at night -or even down that road toward Home Depot, etc. at night or for that matter, for to Home Depot or that shopping center when it is dusk or dark.


Posted by Crescent Park Dad, a resident of Crescent Park
on Aug 27, 2013 at 1:12 pm

@ Green Gables:

Actually, there are perfectly valid reasons to go inside the lobby.

The lobby of the post office is open at all hours.

- Packages and/or boxes can be deposited in the receptacles in the lobby. There are no such receptacles outdoors.
- You can purchase postage and/or printed labels, including postage for boxes/packages & weighing your package, inside the lobby.
- If you have a post office box, you can access the box in the lobby as well.


Posted by PA007, a resident of Community Center
on Aug 27, 2013 at 1:28 pm

A federal crime. Is FBI on board?


Posted by palo alto parent, a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Aug 27, 2013 at 1:52 pm

Prefer to bike and woudl like to be safe - there is a post office in town on Hamilton.


Posted by Hmmm, a resident of East Palo Alto
on Aug 27, 2013 at 2:01 pm

Do you really think that the Feds will investigate this, even if it's their turf?


Posted by Big G, a resident of East Palo Alto
on Aug 27, 2013 at 2:13 pm

This post office lobby is open from 7am to 7pm. You can't get into the lobby after/before hours without a brick or crowbar. These unfortunate people got off their car to mail letters at midnight when they could simply hang their arm out the window!

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Posted by fed up, a resident of College Terrace
on Aug 27, 2013 at 2:27 pm

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Posted by Bill, a resident of Palo Verde
on Aug 27, 2013 at 3:00 pm

Yes, if the Feds know about the crime, they will act appropriately. This increased vigilance keeps the postal system safe and functional. Bank robbery of even small amounts of cash are also a federal crime which the FBI handles. This escalated enforcement is a deterrent to criminals.


Posted by Hmmm, a resident of East Palo Alto
on Aug 27, 2013 at 3:16 pm

Bill - thanks for the info. I'm betting their inspectors will do something initially, then turn it over to PAPD.


Posted by Gun Owner, a resident of Professorville
on Aug 27, 2013 at 3:19 pm

"Tax dollars saved by calling the coroner rather than the police."

The coroner's coming for you, sir, if the crook already has his finger on the trigger.