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Man steals leaf blower in Palo Alto armed robbery

Original post made on Oct 24, 2012

Palo Alto police are looking for a man who threatened a gardener with a knife and stole her leaf blower Monday.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, October 24, 2012, 9:44 AM

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Posted by neighbor
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Oct 24, 2012 at 10:57 am

Gee, such drama! Any witnesses from all the nearby homes on Channing?

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Posted by Jan H.
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Oct 24, 2012 at 12:14 pm

Wow! What a brave, gutsy woman that gardener is! I am truly impressed! Glad she knew when to quit, though, or it might have turned into a murder as well as an armed robbery.

Obviously, she got a good look at him and gave a solid description, and hopefully there were witnesses.

Almost sounds like a competing gardener, though, stealing a leaf blower.

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Posted by Aquamarine
a resident of Stanford
on Oct 24, 2012 at 4:51 pm

So many possible responses to this....
-The rarity of a female gardener
-Her stupid or gutsy? attempt to stop the robbery
-The robber's stupid gutsiness using a weapon & committing the crime in broad daylight
-Any hope he just doesn't like the hideous leaf blowers we all detest?

But seriously, what a cretin. I'm glad no one was hurt.

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Posted by stretch
a resident of another community
on Oct 24, 2012 at 6:07 pm

In this day and age, I'm wondering why the gardener didn't whip out her cell phone and take a picture of the guy's car. Or at least the license plate.

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Posted by cfo
a resident of Meadow Park
on Oct 24, 2012 at 6:43 pm

but town drunks will still be police priority. maybe thats what you want. yawn---

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Posted by Anon.
a resident of Crescent Park
on Oct 25, 2012 at 3:11 am

This infuriates me. There seems to be a class of people who though ignorant realize the mathematics of the policing situation in Palo Alto and local cities that they cannot be in all place at all times and so they blatantly and maliciously engage in this kind of criminal behavior. It gets more and more in our faces every day and nothing is done about it. Is it any wonder people overwhelmingly want immigration reform? Find this dirtbag and throw the book at him.

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Posted by ducatigirl
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Oct 25, 2012 at 12:27 pm

ducatigirl is a registered user.

Any update on this crime? I am sur the gardener was too shaken at the time to whip out her cell phone and take a picture of the perp and his plates, if he even had a car. This kind of thing would unnerve anyone.

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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Oct 25, 2012 at 1:44 pm

Maybe he wanted to clean those nasty teeth w/the leaf blower. What a scumbag!

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Posted by Frank
a resident of another community
on Oct 25, 2012 at 7:13 pm

Gosh, if the man is that desperate for a leaf blower I'll gladly give him one of mine. Wait a minute, mine has a label that states "Not for use in the State of California". Never mind, I rescind my offer.

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