6 04 2008

Police say man in wheelchair robbed bank

April 5, 2008

http://onews.890m.com/2008/04/05/wheelchair-man-robbed-bank/

Palo Alto, Calif. – Palo Alto police are looking for a bank robber who favors a decidedly slow-speed getaway vehicle — an electric wheelchair. Police said a man in his 60s with gray hair and a beard held up the Wachovia Bank branch at the Stanford Shopping Center late this afternoon with a black handgun.

After the stickup, he left in his wheelchair and was last seen motoring down a nearby street toward El Camino Real, a major thoroughfare.

Witnesses say the man’s legs were wrapped in bandages and his right leg was sticking straight out while he zoomed away.

Police are looking for a white Ford van that the suspect may have been hoisted into after the robbery.

Investigators don’t know whether the wheelchair was just a prop or whether the suspect was truly disabled.

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8 04 2008
treadmarkz

I wouldn’t doubt it if this guy was some idiot who thought he’d get a less harsh treatment if people thought he was disabled. But thats dumb because of course they are going to ask for medical records. But really I think the chair was just used as a distraction to take attention away from the fact that he was robbing the place

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