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Man uses garden shears in Palo Alto cab robbery

Original post made on Jul 24, 2008

A man saying he was ill and needed to be taken to Stanford Hospital had a Good Samaritan pay a cab driver to take him to the hospital from the Shell station on Embarcadero Road in Palo Alto last Saturday afternoon. But the man wasn't ill -- he was a robber.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, July 24, 2008, 4:40 PM

Comments (14)

Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 24, 2008 at 4:56 pm

These incidents are getting too numerous and too scary.

Posted by Tom
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jul 24, 2008 at 6:56 pm

Wait a minute!! This happened last Saturday but did not show up on the police log until Wednesday? Sounds like sloppy PAPD procedures!! Did they not want anyone to know about another crime in Palo Alto?

Posted by Cab Driver Nightmare
a resident of Monroe Park
on Jul 24, 2008 at 7:45 pm

It's time American cabbies had bullet proof glass between them and their passengers. This is done in other parts of the world why not here.

Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 24, 2008 at 8:00 pm

Probably for the same reason bank tellers and post officer tellers don't have bullet proof glass between them and the customers. It is time to put protection of the cabbies and the tellers before the feely good atmosphere that offers no protection.

Posted by Massey Ferguson
a resident of Green Acres
on Jul 24, 2008 at 8:49 pm

What !
No registered garden shears?
No waiting period?
No back ground check?
No mandatory garden shears training classes?

Was this a horticulture crime?
Next time someone will use automatic electric hedge clippers.
Garden shears are only use for hate crimes against weeds!
We need sensible garden shears law!
The police are being out clipped!
If it just saves one blade of grass it's worth it!

Where are our elected leaders?
The need to get mowing er moving on this right now!

Posted by I love the internet
a resident of Midtown
on Jul 24, 2008 at 11:37 pm

Man robs a cabbie with garden shears, and 10 posts later its because of Obama or the GOP and the Soviet empire and...huh?

Sometimes people rob other people with garden shears. It shouldn't happen, but it does. I'm glad no one was hurt. Too bad the perp got away.

Posted by It's-Baaad-Out-There!
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 25, 2008 at 4:18 am

This is another example of just how bad this economy is. This thief could not even afford to buy a gun, or even a knife!

What's the world coming to?

Posted by Katia
a resident of Palo Verde
on Jul 25, 2008 at 7:58 am

My point was that poeple should not blaim economy or politics or government for the crime the members of their community commit, they need to take responsibility for their own actions.

Posted by Sinclair
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jul 25, 2008 at 12:40 pm

Hey Tom from Duveneck, maybe it didn't show up on the blotter until Wednesday because the cab driver didn't report it until then. Maybe not, but just a reasonable possibility before slamming the police department and accuing them of being sloppy intentionally withholding information. I don't know, seems reasonable. Enough for me not to be so critical without having all the facts. Oh well.

Posted by Quit blaming the PAPD
a resident of South of Midtown
on Jul 25, 2008 at 12:47 pm

Tom: Quit blaming the PAPD for everything. How do you know the paper simply didn't choose to print the police log until Wednesday? The Post doesn't have weekend editions. The PA Daily doesn't print on Mondays. The Weekly only has editions on Wednesday and Friday. On Tuesday the the PADN may choose to print other City's Police logs so therefore it wouldn't be printed until Wednesday.

Posted by Picture Equals 1,000 Words
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 25, 2008 at 1:17 pm

When are the police going to release an artist's sketch of the suspect?

Posted by you have the csi-effect sickness
a resident of Barron Park
on Jul 25, 2008 at 4:39 pm

maybe they dont have a picture. hmmmmmmmmmmmmm!?

Posted by USA
a resident of Green Acres
on Jul 25, 2008 at 9:54 pm

It would be racist to release his picture.

Massey -- good job. Love your tractors.

Posted by Tim
a resident of Downtown North
on Jul 29, 2008 at 4:23 am

Why is everyone so focused on the police, let's focus on the criminal. We need to work together to stop the bad people doing these bad things in our community and help the police, not slam them. Cops are imperfect humans like everyone else, but they do a hard job I certainly don't want to. We all need to do our part and keep our eyes open and report crimes to the police to help them out.

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