Jul 28, 2014

Police Looking For Duo Who Stole Wallet From Mute Man in Wheelchair at Town & Country

Police Looking For Duo Who Stole Wallet From Mute Man in Wheelchair at Town & Country
The Palo Alto Police Department is seeking witnesses to the strong-arm robbery of a man in a wheelchair that occurred last week in the Town & Country shopping center parking lot.

Officers were called Friday morning at 8 a.m. to check on a man in his 60s who uses a wheelchair and was sleeping in the parking lot at 855 El Camino Real, police said.

Police and Palo Alto Fire Department personnel determined the man was not in medical distress or injured, but he does not speak, police said. 

The man communicated by writing and told authorities that he was robbed of his wallet by two men in the northeast parking lot of the shopping center on Wednesday, June 11, between 1 p.m. and 1:30 p.m., police said.

The victim reported that two men approached him, began speaking and asked if he had any money. After the victim nodded, one suspect searched the man's pockets, took his wallet and the two walked off, police said. 

The suspects were described as black males in their mid-30s. The primary suspect was about 6 feet tall, 200 pounds, a medium build and clean-shaven. He was wearing black pants and a blue T-shirt with the word “Security” written across the front in capital letters.

The victim reported the other man was 5 feet 5 inches tall, or shorter, between 170 and 200 pounds, with a heavy build. He had short blonde hair. He was wearing brown shorts and a yellow long-sleeved shirt with the word “Pacific” written across the front, police said.

The suspects were on foot and had no known associated vehicle. 

Police ask that anyone who may have witnessed this incident contact the 24-hour dispatch center at 650-329-2413. Anonymous tips can be e-mailed to paloalto@tipnow.org or sent via text message or voice mail to 650-383-8984.

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