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Robber strikes Baskin-Robbins shop in Midtown

Man points handgun at a store clerk, flees with cash

Surveillance footage shows a man who robbed the Baskin-Robbins shop in Palo Alto on March 22. Courtesy Palo Alto Police Department.

UPDATE: A man has been arrested in connection with the Baskin-Robbins shop robbery, Palo Alto police announced on March 26. Read the full story here.

An armed man robbed the Baskin-Robbins ice cream store in Palo Alto's Midtown neighborhood on Monday night, taking an undisclosed amount of cash, police said Tuesday.

Dispatchers received a call around 7:40 p.m. on March 22 that a clerk had been robbed by a man with a gun about 35 minutes earlier at the store, which is located at 2615 Middlefield Road, roughly three blocks south of Oregon Expressway.

A man in his early 20s entered the store and placed an order. When the employee, a woman in her 20s, returned with the food, the man pointed a black handgun at her, police said in a press release. He reportedly ordered the clerk to open the cash register and he took cash. Video surveillance footage showed that he also stole money from the tip jar while the employee was preparing his food. The man left the store and was last seen driving south on Middlefield Road in a four-door sedan. The employee was not injured, police said.

The man is described as a white man with short black hair. He was wearing a black sweatshirt, a black San Francisco 49ers hat and a camouflage-patterned face covering.

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Detectives are actively investigating the case and are collaborating with regional law enforcement agencies to see if the man is connected to any similar robberies. There have been no other Palo Alto robberies committed by a person who matched the man's description, police said.

Anyone with information about Monday's robbery is asked to call the department's 24-hour dispatch center at 650-329-2413. Anonymous tips can be emailed to [email protected] or sent by text message or voicemail to 650-383-8984. Tips can also be submitted anonymously through the police's free mobile app, downloadable at bit.ly/PAPD-AppStore or bit.ly/PAPD-GooglePlay.

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Robber strikes Baskin-Robbins shop in Midtown

Man points handgun at a store clerk, flees with cash

by / Palo Alto Weekly

Uploaded: Tue, Mar 23, 2021, 11:48 am

UPDATE: A man has been arrested in connection with the Baskin-Robbins shop robbery, Palo Alto police announced on March 26. Read the full story here.

An armed man robbed the Baskin-Robbins ice cream store in Palo Alto's Midtown neighborhood on Monday night, taking an undisclosed amount of cash, police said Tuesday.

Dispatchers received a call around 7:40 p.m. on March 22 that a clerk had been robbed by a man with a gun about 35 minutes earlier at the store, which is located at 2615 Middlefield Road, roughly three blocks south of Oregon Expressway.

A man in his early 20s entered the store and placed an order. When the employee, a woman in her 20s, returned with the food, the man pointed a black handgun at her, police said in a press release. He reportedly ordered the clerk to open the cash register and he took cash. Video surveillance footage showed that he also stole money from the tip jar while the employee was preparing his food. The man left the store and was last seen driving south on Middlefield Road in a four-door sedan. The employee was not injured, police said.

The man is described as a white man with short black hair. He was wearing a black sweatshirt, a black San Francisco 49ers hat and a camouflage-patterned face covering.

Detectives are actively investigating the case and are collaborating with regional law enforcement agencies to see if the man is connected to any similar robberies. There have been no other Palo Alto robberies committed by a person who matched the man's description, police said.

Anyone with information about Monday's robbery is asked to call the department's 24-hour dispatch center at 650-329-2413. Anonymous tips can be emailed to [email protected] or sent by text message or voicemail to 650-383-8984. Tips can also be submitted anonymously through the police's free mobile app, downloadable at bit.ly/PAPD-AppStore or bit.ly/PAPD-GooglePlay.

Comments

Hulkamania
Registered user
Duveneck/St. Francis
on Mar 24, 2021 at 2:05 pm
Hulkamania, Duveneck/St. Francis
Registered user
on Mar 24, 2021 at 2:05 pm

Baskin-Robbins held up?!?! I get robbing 7-11 or a liquor store but Baskin-Robbins? Come on man! They have a lot of cool flavors and make custom cakes. This is where you take your kids on a hot day to get something tasty. Adding insult injury you snitched the tip jar too. Very crappy move dude.


Jacob Lee
Registered user
Duveneck/St. Francis
on Mar 24, 2021 at 2:24 pm
Jacob Lee, Duveneck/St. Francis
Registered user
on Mar 24, 2021 at 2:24 pm

The everyday world is becoming more and more of a ghetto regardless of one's zip code.

Criminals are coming to Palo Alto because it is easy pickings and chances are the perpetrator/suspect was not a local resident.



TorreyaMan
Registered user
Palo Verde
on Mar 24, 2021 at 2:54 pm
TorreyaMan, Palo Verde
Registered user
on Mar 24, 2021 at 2:54 pm

The security camera is so high up, easy to ID the cap but not the face. A second camera at a lower level might be blocked at times by store employees behind the counter but would be much more obvious to the robber and maybe be a deterrence, and also would provide another image of the robber.


pearl
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another community
on Mar 24, 2021 at 6:04 pm
pearl, another community
Registered user
on Mar 24, 2021 at 6:04 pm

If you look closely at the photo of him you can see the words "Calvin Klein" on the top of his sweatshirt, on his right side up by his neck.


Whitey McWhiterson
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Midtown
on Mar 24, 2021 at 6:22 pm
Whitey McWhiterson, Midtown
Registered user
on Mar 24, 2021 at 6:22 pm
Sophocles of Athens
Registered user
Midtown
on Mar 24, 2021 at 7:15 pm
Sophocles of Athens, Midtown
Registered user
on Mar 24, 2021 at 7:15 pm

That particular camera is there to make sure the employees don't steal cash from the cash drawer, not to identify robbers, or bad patrons.


It.is.what.it.is
Registered user
Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 25, 2021 at 12:07 am
It.is.what.it.is, Another Palo Alto neighborhood
Registered user
on Mar 25, 2021 at 12:07 am

According to PAPD, the robber was arrested on Wednesday evening but not in Palo Alto.


Jennifer
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another community
on Mar 25, 2021 at 10:13 am
Jennifer, another community
Registered user
on Mar 25, 2021 at 10:13 am

If you're on the lookout for someone in "designer clothing" in the area, you'll have some competition. Just a hunch.


Rabbi Feldman
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another community
on Mar 25, 2021 at 11:39 am
Rabbi Feldman, another community
Registered user
on Mar 25, 2021 at 11:39 am

Concurring with Jennifer.

Palo Alto has a pervasive designer mentality and the suspect could have easily been wearing Patagonia attire.


Chelsea Chang
Registered user
Downtown North
on Mar 25, 2021 at 12:10 pm
Chelsea Chang, Downtown North
Registered user
on Mar 25, 2021 at 12:10 pm

@ Rabbi

Art is in the eye of beholder even if the beholder is blind.


Chelsea Chang
Registered user
Downtown North
on Mar 25, 2021 at 12:11 pm
Chelsea Chang, Downtown North
Registered user
on Mar 25, 2021 at 12:11 pm

Maybe robber did not like Baskin Robbins ice cream?


Resident 1-Adobe Meadows
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Adobe-Meadow
on Mar 25, 2021 at 3:26 pm
Resident 1-Adobe Meadows, Adobe-Meadow
Registered user
on Mar 25, 2021 at 3:26 pm

WOW - series of "problems" in the Middlefield corridor from San Antonio to Oregon. We need a police substation in this vicinity. We also need all of the businesses to upgrade their security cameras to get face level. We need them to close by 8PM so they are not a drawing card for break ins. Bad News.


Online Name
Registered user
Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Mar 25, 2021 at 3:41 pm
Online Name, Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
Registered user
on Mar 25, 2021 at 3:41 pm

We need a police force that's policing, not doing lectures on Wellness. We need accurate police reports because the numbers are much higher than published based on personal observation and NextDoor posts and on other social media as well as direct comments from friends and neighbors.


It.is.what.it.is
Registered user
Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 25, 2021 at 7:10 pm
It.is.what.it.is, Another Palo Alto neighborhood
Registered user
on Mar 25, 2021 at 7:10 pm

@Online Name: Maybe you could be a police officer? With all the "Defund the Police" and "Abolish ICE" demands, just be grateful that we have any law enforcement. They are constantly seeking new police officers. Who would accept that job with all the anger and criticism from the liberals? It's a dangerous job that most people are too cowardly to pursue.

Have you seen the Abolish ICE sign masquerading as art on Embarcadero Road (behind the Art Center)? Should political statements be on government property? Isn't that divisive?


Online Name
Registered user
Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Mar 25, 2021 at 7:43 pm
Online Name, Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
Registered user
on Mar 25, 2021 at 7:43 pm

No, I haven't seen the abolish I.C.E. signs but I've seen some new very ugly divisive ones from the YIMBY's/Peninsula For Everyone equating everyone who disagrees with them to Trump and his gun-toting supporters in St. Louis.

Expecting the police to pay more attention to neighborhood crime like bike theft, catalytic converter theft, robberies etc. than sloganeering is pretty reasonable. And I don't recall the "liberals" attacking and killing police in DC


pearl
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another community
on Mar 25, 2021 at 7:52 pm
pearl, another community
Registered user
on Mar 25, 2021 at 7:52 pm

@It.is.what.it.is:

I totally agree with you as to the dangers of being a police officer - these men and women put their lives on the line for us every single day! RIP Boulder Colorado Police Officer Eric Talley.

And, the "Abolish Ice" sign behind the Art Center needs to be removed-now! I will send the City of Palo Alto an email regarding that sign. Thank you for mentioning it.

pearl


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